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Law enforcement agencies on Wednesday conducted a simulation exercise of a bomb threat scenario at the Philippine Ports Authority building in Dumaguete  to test their readiness and response capabilities.

Police Chief Master Sgt. Marcelo Augusto Lerio, team leader of the Provincial Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Canine Unit (PECU), said the exercise was in response to a request from the PPA to hold bomb threat drills in their offices nationwide following recent incidents of bomb threats in Metro Manila and some provinces.

The scenario included the evacuation and clearing of the building, searching for an explosive device utilizing K-9 sniffing dogs, and experts wearing heavy armored suits and removing “bombs” from the PPA building, and detonating it at a safe distance to ensure public safety, he said.

The City Port here was temporarily closed during the morning simulation exercise with some sea vessels anchored offshore while the bomb drill was ongoing.

The Philippine National Police took the lead while its specialized units such as PECU as well as the Philippine Coast Guard, the Maritime Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the City Disaster Risk-Reduction & Management Office participated.

The drill was conducted after various government offices in Metro Manila and nearby provinces were disrupted by bomb threats. (Judy F. Partlow/PNA)

 

 

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