Security measures up for DAVRAA 2017

Security preparations for the 2017 DAVRAA sports event that is expected to see the attendance of more than 7,000 athletes and participants is all set.

DAVRAA 2017 is scheduled March 19 to 24 in Mati City, Davao Oriental.

The events and facilitating committees together with the security committee on Saturday assured the public that security forces are intact.

Tight and strengthened security measures will be enforced during the week-long DAVRAA sports event, the committees pointed out.

The over-all security of the event is headed by Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office (DOPPPO) Provincial Director PSSUPT Harry Espela.

While the police secure the urban areas, the military will concentrate in the outskirts of the city as part of the committee’s tightened security measures and enhanced monitoring.

Troops from the military will also complement police personnel at the checkpoints. The Philippine Coast Guard, on the other hand, will patrol coasts and seas surrounding the city.

“The security measures were already in place since March 13, 2017. Security personnel have already been deployed in all playing venues and billeting areas,” said retired army Major Hermie Montelebano, a member of the Security Committee.

Spectators who attended the opening program on Sunday, March 19 at the Mati Centennial Sports Complex were advised not to carry backpacks.

Other measure included in the security plan is to tap Civil Disturbance Management (CDM), Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team using K9 units, the Quick Reaction Team and the emergency medical teams from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Ready for any emergency, medical teams are on standby in all playing venues. Nurses from the Department of Education will lead the emergency team consisting of personnel from the Red Cross, members of the Davao Oriental Rescuers and Monitoring, Inc., and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, among many others.

Charliemagne Bagasol, operations officer and member of the medical and emergency response committee said that an advanced medical post at the city health office will operate 24 hours for 8 days.

The post, he added, will address minor emergencies while patients with critical cases will be rushed to the nearest hospitals.

Meanwhile, an Incident Command Post (ICP) has already been activated manned by Engr. Edwin Barrera, head of communications services committee.

Barrera said the establishment of the structure of incident command system will not only ensure the security and safety of the more than 7,000 delegates but will also help secure the entire population of the Mati City.

The incident command system, he added, is a management system designed to execute effective incident management should an incident occur.

Through the combined efforts of various personnel from concerned departments and agencies, the Incident Command System will ensure that the key and urgent concerns associated with an incident will be addressed. (Karen Lou Deloso/PIO DavOr)