ILOILO CITY, March 27 (PNA) — The Police Regional Office 6, in collaboration with the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Visayas (DIPO-Visayas) and AFP-Central Command, recently held a seminar on bomb identification and detection.
The seminar aimed to equip uniformed personnel both from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) with the basic knowledge on explosives, bomb identification and detection, bomb threat management, as well as bomb search procedures and technique.
Participants were composed of 60 personnel assigned at the Public Safety Units of the PNP to include SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) members and 15 personnel from the 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army.
During his speech, Police Director Roque G Ramirez, director, the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Visayas, emphasized the importance of the seminar in times of crisis.
“Little knowledge is dangerous; therefore, never assume that you know everything unless you have the license and authority to do it,” he stressed.
“Remember that safety first is the key in overcoming this crisis,” he added.
He also told the participants not to forget to call the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) experts assigned in their respective areas once the presence of bombs and IED are detected and confirmed for detonation and proper disposal.
The seminar lasted for a day with PO3 Noe Rey Echaluce of the Regional Special Unit Training 7 (RSTU 7) in Cebu City, Capt. Noel Frias and T/Sgt. Rico Cader of the 2nd EOD Detachment, 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army as lecturers. (PNA)