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Customs to use drones, satellite phones to fight smuggling in Zamboanga
Published on: Saturday, February 15, 2020
By: Manila Bulletin
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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Bureau of Customs (BOC) in this city will use “drone planes and satellite phones” to further strengthen its campaign against the entry of smuggled imported goods to ZamBaSulTa or Zamboanga City, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi provinces coming from the federal state of Sandakan in Malaysia and other neighboring countries in southern Philippines.

Bureau of Customs (BoC) Zamboanga City District Collector Segundo Barte, Jr., said the BOC in this city will utilize drones or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to effectively monitor together, with other government agencies, the entry of cargo vessels to ZamBaSulTa.

He disclosed that BOC security forces in ZamBaSulTa were already training on how to operate the drones and use the satellite phones for their monitoring activities, which would be aimed at stopping the entry of imported smuggled goods.

According to Barte, Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero had allowed him to purchase the drones and satellite phones after Zamboanga port was declared a “disposition port.”

Barte claimed that his office has to use drone and satellite phones to be able to comply with the order of Guerrero to clear the region of smuggling of imported goods.


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