Security forces given 9 out 10 rating in recent simex

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The safety and security forces in Davao City received a high nine rating out of 10 during the simulation exercises (simex) conducted on Sunday.

Task Force Davao (TF Davao) commander Col. Darren Comia and Public Safety and Security Office (PSSSO) head Angel Sumagaysay both gave a 9 out of 10 rating in terms of the security units’ promptness and execution of first-response directives.

“Nakakita lang tayo ng medyo kaunting lapses sa communications na madali lang gawin at isaayos,” Comia said over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) on Monday.

The fourth simex that was conducted this year, however, unlike previous exercises, details to the nature of the quarter’s exercises including the scenario, location, date, and time were withheld from all security and safety units to fully test their readiness to respond to any possible act of terrorism in the city.

“Napakaganda ng nangyari na simex kahapon despite the fact na its unannounced. Maganda yung response ng lahat ng ating security and safety forces dito sa Davao City kahit pa hindi nila alam kung saan, anong oras, at kung ano ang mangyayari. Ginawa natin ito dahil sa kailangan natin makita yung kahandaan ng bawat isa sa safety at security forces para malaman natin kung akma pa ba yung sa ginagalaw nila tungkol naman dito sa USAHAY II,” 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.”

Spearheaded by the TF Davao, the activity had a two-part exercise involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) placed in two separate locations.

Comia shared that the first alert was raised when an improvised explosive device (IED) inside a passenger bus was intercepted by the TF Davao at the Sirawan checkpoint at 11:30 a.m. Troops immediately locked down the highway and promptly evacuated people and cordoned off the area.

“Base sa ating situation na natanggap outside Davao City katong gi conceptualized pa ang simex, ang scenario nga gibuhat gahapon ay naay terorista na nakasakay sa bus na pumasok ng Davao City,” he said.

Shortly after, an explosion occurred at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bangkal at 12:50 p.m. Within minutes, police responders from the Talomo Police Station 3 arrived at the scene. The area was immediately cordoned and traffic was diverted. The DCPO’s implementation of Oplan Dragnet resulted in the apprehension of the alleged perpetrators of the blast. The Task Force Davao then took control of the situation and cleared the area.

In both incidents, the city’s security protocols and contingency plan were successfully implemented and followed.

Comia said the success of the simex is proof that the security and safety cluster is always ready to implement its contingency plans for any act of terror.

He also said future simulation exercises shall likewise be unannounced.

The simex was participated by the forces from the TF Davao, PSSO, Civil Security Unit, Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Special Weapons and Tactics, Explosive Ordinance Division/K9 Unit, Tactical Operations Group XI, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), Central 911, Philippine Air Force (PAF), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-Davao), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-Davao), Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, Coast Guard District Southeastern Mindanao, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency XI, Regional Maritime Unit XI, RFU 11, JSOU3, JSOF1, and the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO).

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