INTERPOL OPERATION MAHARLIKA DEBRIEFING
On January 25, 2018, USEC Allan C Guisihan, ED, PCTC; Col Bruce S Concepcion, Chief Consultant, Vis-Min Field Offices, PCTC; PSupt Michael M Tulen, C, WMFO, PCTC; Mr Simon Fernan, Interpol, Criminal Intelligence Officer; and Captain Jester Canoy, Deputy Chief, PCTC-VFO and the Liaison Officer of Vis-Min Field Offices, attended the said activity in Marco Polo, Cebu City. Captain Canoy, PAF, Assistant Chief, VFO, PCTC presented the debriefing report to Interpol counterparts from Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
PROJECT VECTOR BIOTERRORISM EVIDENCE EXPLOITATION WORKSHOP
A six-man Philippine delegation joined Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in Project VECTOR Bioterrorism Evidence Exploitation Workshop at Arnoma Grand Hotel, Bangkok on November 26 to December 1, 2017. The Philippine delegation composed of the following:

  • EFREN FERNANDEZ II

            Police Superintendent, Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, NCB Manila

  • MARIA ROWENA REGALADO

            Immigration Officer, Bureau of Immigration

  • JHOSKAR BONGALON

            Inspector, Bureau of Fire Protection

  • LENI VALENZUELA

             Fire Inspector, Bureau of Fire Protection

  • EMELYN LIBUNAO

            Project Management Division Staff Director, Philippine Information Agency

  • NOEMI EDAGA

            Western Mindanao Regional Director, Philippine Information Agency

Other delegates were from neighboring countries like Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The workshop aims to provide participants with the best practice techniques for the identification of priority biological samples, collection of evidence from a biologically contaminated crime scene and boarder screening, and the requirements of laboratory transport.

The overview of the mission and activities of Interpol CBRNE and vulnerable targets sub-directorate, the impact and challenges of the biological incident; the response process during a natural or deliberate case and some characteristics of select biological agents, differences to responding to chemical and the challenges of biological crime scenes were presented and discussed.

Participants also did a biological agents group activity per country, where each group were given a pathogen /toxin, and explain the method of acquiring, producing and delivering this agent, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the investigation.

OPENING CEREMONY OF INTERPOL DATA PROTECTION OFFICER (DPO) AND INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE (IDC)
On November 07, 2017, PCTC-VFO attended the said ceremony in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Present also were the following: Personnel from INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, Capacity Building and Training Directorate, namely, Mr Juan Castellaz-Faico, Project Manager; Ms Chor Ping Woo, Assistant Director; Ms Yiwen Ng, Project Assistant; PSUPT EFREN FERNANDEZ II of DO, PCTC; CAPT JESTER CANOY of PCTC VFO; and the participants of the above courses coming from ASEAN countries.
DATA PROTECTION OFFICER AND INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE
 From November 07-16, 2017, PCTC co-hosted the said event that took place at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel, Cebu City and was participated by the following Philippine Delegation:
  • EFREN FERNANDEZ II

            Officer-in-Charge for Operation

  • CPT JESTER CANOY

            Assistant Chief, Visayas Field Office, PCTC

  • CIV Aljane Catesio

            Researcher, DPP, PCTC

  • CIV Terrence John F Dulay

             Researcher, DR, PCTC

  • CIV Arturo Quinto

            I247 Operator, DO, PCTC

 In line with one of PROJECT SUNBIRD’s main activities particularly on the training courses, the INTERPOL’s Data Protection Officer and Instructor Development Course is a collaborative effort of INTERPOL PROJECT SUNBIRD Team and PCTC/NCB Manila. This course is purposely designed to:

  1. Enhance the awareness and usage of INTERPOL’s Policing Capabilities;
  2. Understand INTERPOL’s procedures to ensure compliant data processing operations;
  3. Establish adequate practices and control mechanisms;
  4. Develop instructional skills to enable participants to share their knowledge upon returning to their respective administration; and
  5. Build connections with other ASEAN police forces and to establish networks in order to increase international police cooperation.

The course was graced by PSSUPT JOEL B DORIA (Chief of Police, Cebu City Police), MR JAY SCHOOLEY (Liaison Officer for the Philippines, Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and following INTEPROL officials:

  • Ms. Woo Chor Ping

            INTERPOL Assistant Director, PROJECT SUNBIRD, CBT

  • Mr. Juan Castellaz-Faico

            INTERPOL Project Manager, PROJECT SUNBIRD, CBT

  • Mr Mihai Friptu

            INTERPOL Coordinator, Forensic and Police Data Management (FPDM)/Instructor

  • Ms Sabine Berghs

             INTERPOL Legal Officer, Data Protection Officer (DPO)/Instructor

  • Ms Noria Boudali

            INTERPOL Police Training Coordinator, Police Services Office / Instructor

  • Ms Yiwen Ng

            INTERPOL Admin Assistant, PROJECT SUNBIRD, CBT / Instructor

CEREMONIAL TURN-OVER OF THREE MOTOR BOATS AND SIXTEEN CCTV CHANNELS TO THE PHILIPPINE PORTS AUTHORITY

On March 27, 2017, the turn-over activity was held during the traditional Monday Flag Raising infront of Mabini Hall, Malacañang Palace. It was attended by Ms. Elizabeth Jones, Chief of Political Affairs Section, Canadian Embassy, Manila; Executive Secretary Salvador C Medialdea; Undersecretary Allan C Guisihan, Executive Director, Philippine Center on Transnational Crime and Ambassador Anselmo Simeon P Pinili, Special Envoy on Transnational Crime.

MARITIME SECURITY POLICY STRATEGIC DIALOGUE

On March 22-23, 2017, the activity held at Marriott Hotel, Pasay City was hosted by National Coast Watch Center (NCWC) that aimed to strengthen front line institutional capacity to combat Terrorism, Piracy and Armed Robbery, to reduce the vulnerability of ships and port facilities to security risk. INTERPOL and the agencies in the said dialogue shared vital information that could help improve the Philippines’ maritime security.

PROJECT PACIFIC WORKING GROUP MEETING ON THE NEXUS BETWEEN ORGANIZED CRIME AND TERRORISM

On February 21-23, 2017, the activity took place at Marriott Hotel, Cebu City. The meeting was attended by the senior counter-terrorism specialists, serious crime investigators and financial crime investigators coming from INTERPOL member countries and relevant stakeholders within and outside Southeast Asia. The highlights of the activity were the following presentations by each representative:

  • Presentation about Global and Regional experience on terror-crime nexus; and
  • Presentation on Asia-Pacific Regional experience on terror-crime nexus.

There were information gaps identified during the process, such as Prison radicalization; Extortion; Funding requirements; Drug trafficking; Human trafficking; and the Expansion of the Organized Crime-terror groups from ISIS and Taliban.

OPERATION CHASE, JANUARY 30- FEBRUARY 04, 2017, CEBU CITY
This programme is a global effort to counter the international smuggling of dual use chemicals in the manufacture of weapons designed to kill and injure indiscriminately. This operation is simultaneously held in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. This operation was conducted at Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and Cebu International Seaport. The National Coordinating Team (NCT) consists of representatives from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Quarantine, National Coast Watch Center, NCWCS and PCTC.
VISIT TO THE PHILIPPINES BY INTERPOL DELEGATES REPRESENTED BY MR. SIMON FERNAN, MS. ZUZANA DECIKOVA AND MR. HUU NGO NGUYEN PRELUDE TO INTERPOL OPERATION SUNBIRD III

A courtesy call to Undersecretary Allan C Guisihan, Executive Director, PCTC/Head, IP Manila NCB Secretariat and to the Chief, Philippine National Police, Police Director General Ronald M Dela Rosa immediately formed meeting which was held at the National Headquarters, Philippine National Police, Camp Crame, Quezon City on 20 January 2017 This attendess were from the PNP Directorial Staff, Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, National Coast Watch Center and Bureau of Immigration. SUNBIRD III Opn 27 March to 5 April 2017.

SPECIAL MEETING IN LAPU-LAPU CITY RE BOMBING INCIDENT IN DAVAO CITY
PCTC-VFO presided the above meeting in LCPO Conference Room which was attended by eleven (11) participants on September 6, 2016. The said groups (Financial & Commercial) are among the stakeholders of LCPO, whose members are actively joining the monthly meeting initiated by LCPO.

Topics discussed were the following:
1.) Reiteration of vigilant monitoring of individual/groups with nefarious plan/s;
2.) Cooperation between the police and the different establishments in crime prevention and target hardening;
3.) Immediate relay of information on terroristic plan/s gathered/received to the concerned agencies;
4.) Cascading/dissemination of the topics discussed to the personnel of the different establishments; and
5.) Sustaining and strengthening the above groups in Lapu-lapu City.

NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS WEEK AGAINST COUNTERFEIT MEDICINE
PCTC participated in the activity which was held on September 6, 2016 at Food and Drug Administration, Alabang, Muntinlupa. The Food and Drug Administration, the national regulatory authority mandated to ensure the safety, efficacy, and quality of health products including drug products, is the convener of the Coalition for Safe Medicines (CSM), a multi-stakeholder group to spearhead the initiate action towards safer medicines by acting against unregistered counterfeit, substandard, or otherwise unsafe medicines. This is one of the activities of CSM to promote the said CSM.