(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 27 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 95 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.6°N, 122.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is moving North Northeastward at 10 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).


Wednesday, 1 March 2023

US donates vehicles to support anti-drug trafficking efforts in airports

BUTUAN CITY -- On January 19, the United States government donated two vehicles valued at P2.1 million ($39,400) to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to enhance its international anti-drug operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Clark International Airport. 

Donated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the vehicles will assist PDEA’s Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG) in its efforts to prevent the entry and exit of illegal drugs and substances used to manufacture illegal drugs through the two airports. In particular, the new vehicles will boost the mobility of law enforcement personnel and transport narcotics-detection dogs in both airports. 

“The United States is committed to this partnership, through which we believe we can foster and enhance the international cooperation needed to effectively combat transnational criminal networks and drug trafficking,” visiting INL Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lisa Johnson said at the turnover ceremony in Manila. 

The IADITG was established to bolster the government’s efforts to address drug interdiction challenges in major entry points. In 2021, Clark IADITG seized a total of 3.34 kilograms of shabu (methamphetamine) worth P22.3 million ($410,000) while NAIA IADITG confiscated a total of 8.96 kilograms of shabu worth nearly P60 million ($1.1 million). 

PDEA expressed appreciation for the continued partnership with the U.S. government to support its campaign to stop the transit of illegal drugs through the Philippines.   

This vehicle donation is part of a broader INL counternarcotics program in the Philippines through partnerships with PDEA and other agencies. Learn more about the INL and its global drug demand reduction programs at http://www.state.gov/j/inl. (US Embassy in the Philippines/DMNR/PIA-Caraga)