The Task Force Davao (TFD) assured Dabawenyos that it will continue to strengthen Davao City’s border control points for improved safety and security for all residents. This assurance comes after the successful apprehension of law violators in the past year.

TFD commander Col. Darren Comia, during Thursday’s iSpeak Forum at the Davao City Hall conference room, said, “We have to strengthen our border control points para walang makapasok na any illegal things sa Davao City (so that no illegal things can enter Davao City).”

Between July 6, 2021 to January 17, 2023, TFD apprehended 283 individuals for illegal drug offenses. The agency seized 919.86 grams of shabu and 2,149.58 grams of marijuana, with a total estimated worth of P16,523, 893.

Meanwhile, TFD also caught 57 individuals for possession of 114 units of illegal firearms, including 108 short firearms and six long firearms.

Comia said, “Sa ating border control points, usually na nahuhuli sa drugs ay sa Lasang. Ang firearms and other stuff naman, sa Sirawan (In our border control points, usually caught with drugs are in Lasang. Arrested for firearms and other stuff are usually in Sirawan).”

At least 26 persons in possession of 17,260 reams of illegal cigarettes with an estimated worth of P6,487,500 were also arrested for violating RA No. 4712, the Act Amending Certain Sections of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.

TFD also apprehended two individuals for violating the Anti-Bomb Joke Law (Presidential Decree No. 1727 and Davao City EO No. 23, Series of 2021, Section 3) and seven for qualified theft.

Despite TFD’s accomplishments in 2021, Comia said they will not let their guards down and will continue to be even more vigilant to secure the city’s borders.

He also urged Dabawenyos to embrace the culture of security that they have been campaigning for by reporting suspicious individuals and things they find in their vicinity. CIO