Random bomb drill tests city’s security, safety units

Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) head Angel Sumagaysay says the unannounced bomb drill that took place on Wednesday aims to test the operational readiness of the Davao City’s security and safety units. Edge Davao

The unannounced bomb drill that took place on Wednesday was made to test the operational readiness of the city’s security and safety units, according to the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC).

Led by PSSCC and Task Force Davao, the city government of Davao conducted a bomb drill along Roxas Avenue. The simulation exercise included an explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED). 

In a phone interview, PSSCC head Angel Sumagaysay said based on his observations the 450 participants composed of personnel from different security and auxiliary units including the Philippine Navy, Central 911, Task Force Davao (TFD), Davao City Police Office (DCPO), and Philippine Coast Guard, showed readiness and acted appropriately in incidents like bombing. 

“In terms of readiness nakita ko yung galaw at maganda naman ang coordinations at yung pag-manage sa bomb incident. Maganda tingnan. We have to review the operational readiness of the units and inter-operability of the units in responding certain incident,” Sumagaysay said.        

He said he is planning to conduct another bomb drill to fine tune the units’ preparedness.  

Sumagaysay said it’s always been a practice of the city cluster to conduct drills, which stopped due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“Naputol lang because of the pandemic. Yes it is unannounced to measure the operational readiness of the security and safety units natin. Maganda naman at di nila nalilimutan ang security protocols in responding to IED explosion. Very thankful ako sa mga units na nag-participate,” he said.