To strengthen the security measures to avoid the entry of illegal goods in Zamboanga Peninsula region, the Bureau of Custom (BOC)-9 deployed a mobile van x-ray for baggage inspection among ferryboat’s passengers upon arrival at Zamboanga City Port.
District Commander Customs Police – Port of Zamboanga Special Captain (SP/Capt.) Leonard George C. Carillo explained during the Regional Peace and Order Council Meeting recently that this is one of the Custom’s initiatives to easily detect potential threats, smuggled products, illegal substances like drugs and other drugs paraphernalia .
“The main intention of the mobile van x-ray is to help our personnel to heighten the security by detecting smuggled goods and to easily track its owner(s) and the place of the product’s origin,” Captain Carillo said.
Moreover, it has been already used and made its first appearance to the public during the 7th-batch arrival of the 316 Returning Overseas Filipinos (REFs) from Sabbah Malaysia on March 07, where other government agencies found it efficient in terms of adhering to the minimum health standards as manual inspections on the passenger’s cargoes and luggage are not needed.
A total of 292 baggages were duly inspected by the machine.
“Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile van x-ray will be essential in the baggage inspection especially now, we avoid any physical contacts among cargoes and warm bodies,” Captain Carillo stressed.
“We also ensured that social distancing and avoidance of body contacts between Returning Filipinos and personnel on board for the operation will be adhered for the safetiness of all,” he added.
Meanwhile, having the mobile van security x-ray is in line with the 10-point priority programs of the Custom for 2021, and that is to implement Customs modernization program to further boost the border protection capability.
The mobile van x-ray is currently situated inside the Zamboanga City Port Area fronting the Custom House for safekeeping and powered by the RAPISCAN Systems Company. (RVC/JRA/PIA9-Zamboanga City)