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The Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC), which houses INTERPOL Manila, is the national law enforcement agency which carries investigations beyond the borders of the Philippines.  Its priority crime areas include:

  • Illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances; 
  • Money laundering; 
  • Terrorism; 
  • Arms smuggling; 
  • Trafficking in persons; 
  • Piracy;
  • Any crime which impacts the stability and security of the Philippines.       

The PCTC coordinates all transnational crime operations carried out by other government agencies of the Philippines. It designs new projects to strengthen the country’s combined response and ensures the efficient exchange of information. The PCTC recommends ways to better prevent transnational crime and to detect and apprehend criminals operating across borders. A central database of national and international legislation underpins these recommendations. Activities are reinforced through training programmes delivered in cooperation with national government agencies, other countries and international organizations.  

The PCTC is assisted by the Philippine’s 22 national law enforcement agencies:

Philippine’s 22 national law enforcement agencies
  • Philippine National Police;
  • National Bureau of Investigation;
  • Department of Justice;
  • Anti-Money Laundering Council;
  • Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Philippine Central Bank);
  • Bureau of Customs;
  • Bureau of Immigration;
  • Bureau of Internal Revenue;
  • Dangerous Drugs Board;
  • Department of Finance;
  • Department of Foreign Affairs;
  • Department of Tourism;
  • Philippine Center on Transnational Crime;
  • Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency;
  • Optical Media Board;
  • Philippine Coast Guard
  • Philippine Overseas Employment Administration;
  • Philippine Ports Authority;
  • Philippine Postal Corporation;
  • Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission;
  • Securities and Exchange Commission;
  • Office for Transportation Security.


The National Central Bureau (NCB) for the Philippines is an inter-ministerial entity which is not part of the Philippine National Police but instead is directly attached to the Office of the President. As such it benefits from direct access to the services of all law enforcement agencies in the Philippines. 

The NCB is referred to as “NALECC-SCILEC” (National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee - Sub Committee on International Law Enforcement Cooperation).

INTERPOL Manila is an integral part of the PCTC. Its mission is to serve as the liaison office and main coordinating body for international police cooperation on behalf of all law enforcement agencies in the Philippines. Its main duties include:

  • Monitoring and coordinating law enforcement activities relating to transnational crimes affecting the Philippines;
  • Operating and maintaining an operations centre to serve as the focal point for international cooperation on transnational crime for all law enforcement agencies in the Philippines;
  • Acting as a NALECC Sub Committee in the monitoring of crime and activities which threaten national security and the economy.

INTERPOL Manila works around the clock and uses English as its main working language.

INTERPOL Manila in action
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
15 February 2016

Enhancing port security in the Philippines focus of INTERPOL training

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A second training programme to provide frontline law enforcement officers in the Philippines with the necessary skills to face the challenges of port security has been delivered by INTERPOL.The five-day (1 to 5 February) course brought together 28 participants from several national and local law enforcement and government agencies...
21 December 2015

Falsified and illicit medicines worth USD 7 million seized across Asia in INTERPOL-led operation

LYON, France – Falsified and illicit medicines worth an estimated USD 7 million were seized across Asia in an INTERPOL-coordinated operation to combat pharmaceutical crime in the region.Involving 13 Asian countries, Operation Storm VI saw the arrest of 87 individuals and the investigation of nearly 500 pharmacies and markets, as well as some 100 illicit o...
17 December 2015

Strengthening border security in ASEAN countries through specialist skills

HANOI, Vietnam - Developing practical knowledge and skills to enhance border security was the focus of the first operational training course provided by INTERPOL under the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II.The six-day course saw 22 participants from nine ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries trained in a range of ski...
10 December 2015

INTERPOL team assists Philippines in securing APEC summit under EU-ASEAN programme

MANILA, Philippines – Under the umbrella of the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management programme, INTERPOL deployed a team during the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2015 in Manila to help Philippine law enforcement authorities make the event as safe as possible.The main purpose in deploying the Major Events Support Team (IMEST) w...
20 October 2015

Border security across Southeast Asia focus of new EU-ASEAN programme led by INTERPOL

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Enhancing border management and security across Southeast Asia is the focus of a new three-year European Union (EU) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) programme led by INTERPOL.The EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II, funded by the EU and implemented by INTERPOL, is aimed at improving connectivity thr...
19 August 2015

Transnational fisheries investigations focus of INTERPOL trainings in Southeast Asia

SEMARANG, Indonesia – Assisting member countries build investigative capacity on illegal fishing and the illegal trade in living marine species was the focus of recent INTERPOL training programmes in Indonesia and the Philippines.During both five-day courses, INTERPOL officials provided training on a range of fisheries and maritime issues including legal...
09 April 2015

Operation targeting chemical smuggling in Asia nets hijacked ship

LYON, France - An operation targeting the smuggling of dangerous chemicals conducted across Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines resulted in the recovery of a hijacked ship and a number of arrests.The Indonesian-flagged vessel, which was used to ship chemicals, was recovered by Philippine authorities on 23 February.The seizure was part of a five-day op...
23 August 2014

Philippine operation against ‘sextortion’ network builds on INTERPOL support

BUCALAN, Philippines – An operation by the Philippine National Police (PNP) has led to the arrest of eight suspects accused of running an online sexual extortion ring which blackmailed victims across Asia after luring them into engaging in cybersex activities and recording them.Operation Strikeback II also saw the rescue of five minors allegedly used by t...
02 May 2014

INTERPOL-coordinated operation strikes back at ‘sextortion’ networks

MANILA, Philippines - An INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting organized crime networks behind ‘sextortion’ cases around the world has resulted in the arrest of 58 individuals, including three men linked to the group which harassed Scottish teenager Daniel Perry.   Perry, a 17-year-old victim of an online blackmail attempt, died after jumping off...
19 November 2013

INTERPOL deploys team to Philippines to assess disaster victim identification needs after Typhoon Haiyan

LYON, France – An INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) has been deployed to the Philippines to help assess the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) requirements following Typhoon Haiyan which has left thousands of people dead, missing and displaced.At the request of the Philippine authorities the INTERPOL team, which includes specialists from the General...
08 August 2012

INTERPOL operation leads to arrest of mastermind of multimillion Euro car smuggling ring

LYON, France – The suspected mastermind behind a global car smuggling ring, estimated to have trafficked luxury and sports vehicles worth around EUR 6 million since 2009, has been arrested following an INTERPOL-coordinated operation.The Russian national was taken into custody in Venice, Italy following INTERPOL’s Operation Eastbound which coordinated the...
15 March 2012

Meeting between Head of Philippine National Police and INTERPOL Chief underlines enhanced cooperation

LYON, France ‒ The Director General of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Nicanor Bartolome, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to discuss increased cooperation between the country and the world police body in combating a range of transnational crimes.Mr Bartolome, who is also Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Manila, u...
22 April 2010

Philippine and INTERPOL operation targets people smuggling networks

MANILA, Philippines - An operation at Manila International Airport has been carried out by local law enforcement authorities in co-ordination with INTERPOL targeting criminal networks and illegal immigrants attempting to use fraudulent documents to enter the Philippines.Co-ordinated by the Dismantling Smuggling Networks (DSN) umbrella of INTERPO...
29 August 2008

Philippines NBI and INTERPOL agree to appoint permanent heads for Typhoon Frank Disaster Victim Identification Teams in Cebu City

MANILA, Philippines – Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Attorney Nestor M. Mantaring and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble today met at NBI Headquarters in Manila, Philippines to identify ways to ensure that the identification of the victims of Typhoon Frank ferry disaster continues to move forward as swiftly, efficiently an...
01 July 2008

INTERPOL to use advanced DNA analysis to identify up to 800 victims of Philippines ferry accident, appeals for extra facilities

MANILA, Philippines – Following its deployment of an Incident response team (IRT) to the Philippines to help assess the requirements for the recovery and identification of the victims of the 21 June ferry disaster, INTERPOL is to play a central role in supporting and co-ordinating the Philippines' Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) efforts for the almos...
30 June 2008

INTERPOL deploys assessment team to assist Philippine authorities after ferry disaster

LYON, France - An INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) has been deployed to the Philippines to help assess the requirements for the recovery and identification of the victims of the June 21 ferry disaster which claimed the lives of around 800 passengers.The team, which arrived in Cebu on Sunday at the request of the Philippine government, includes DNA an...