TF Davao to conduct surprise simulation exercise

Task Force Davao will conduct a Culture of Security simulation exercise (simex) in Davao City on a random day and time this month.

TF Davao commander Colonel Darren Comia said simulation exercises are conducted every quarter in the city with details of the activity given to the public. However, details on time and place will be withheld.

Comia said this aims to continuously sustain the capabilities and readiness of the safety and security units and also strengthen the operational interoperability in counter-terrorism through the conduct of joint exercises.

“Gusto lang natin din na ma-test talaga ang capability ng ating mga safety and security forces kung saan sa unang simulation exercise yun din ang magiging reference ng bawat isang unit ng safety forces para gawin itong scenario na gagawin natin,” he said over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) on Tuesday.

Comia said for the said simulation exercise, Davao City was divided into four quadrants wherein the Diversion Road where the Davao River is the boundary. The first quadrant covers the areas of Buhangin, Cabantian, and Bunawan; the second quadrant covers the areas of Panacan, Sasa, and the downtown area portion of Quimpo Boulevard; crossing the Davao River and before Diversion Road is the third quadrant; fourth quadrant is the upper portion of the city.

He also said for this simulation exercise the focus will be on the third quadrant, particularly in Ecoland, Toril, and Talomo areas.

“Ang kailangan natin ay ma-rehearse ang EO No. 62. Tinatanong sa akin sa mga series of coordination meetings sabi nila its a challenge daw, yes challenge talaga ito dahil meron na tayong naunang simulation exercises and lahat ng details nun given. Ngayon ang challenging dahil hindi natin binigay ang oras, araw, and the place. Ang gusto natin ay magkaroon sila ng muscle memory at alamin nila kung ano ang mga tasks nila base sa EO. Hindi din natin alam na, yung mga darating, huwag naman sana at hindi natin dinadalangin na kung kailan at saan ang acts of terrorism. Ang gusto natin ilagay sa diwa at puso ng security forces kahit saan pa yan handa tayong rumesponde sa lahat ng acts of terrorism na mangyayari dito sa Davao City. Kailangan lang natin dito ay preparasyon,” Comia said.

The conduct of simulation exercises is consistent with Executive Order No. 62 Series of 2021 signed by former Mayor Sara Duterte “an order adopting the integrated response on terrorism plan (USAHAY) of Task Force Davao and activating the joint security forces cluster in the event of terror attacks.”

EO mentioned that Davao City has been a target of terrorist attacks since the 1980s with the most common targets being easily accessible and highly-populated convergence areas such as commercial establishments and religious venues.

In case of terrorist attacks, TF Davao assumes the lead role in securing the incident area to facilitate the evacuation of casualties, conducting hot pursuit, and preventing the escalation of the incident.

USAHAY is the term used to refer to the Davao City Contingency Plan crafted and implemented from 2016 up to date, which provides the guidelines and procedures to be followed by security forces in addressing the threat of terrorism in Davao City.

All Dabawenyos are requested to understand and cooperate in this activity which will also help in ensuring security in the city.

The simex event will be held to strengthen the Culture of Security campaign “May Nakita, Dapat Magsalita” in the city.

In September this year, Davao City’s security and safety cluster successfully staged a simex at the Davao City National High School.

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