Capitol holds bomb threat management seminar

The Cebu Provincial Government conducted a two-day orientation on improvised explosive device (IED) and bomb threat management for Capitol employees to enhance personnel security readiness and awareness.

The seminar, held in Montebello Hotel, demonstrated the destructive effects of IEDs against its targets.

Major Henry Lumanglas (OS), Army Support Commander of the Philippine Army, showed Capitol personnel and security forces the components of an explosive device which are constructed and deployed mostly in non-conventional military techniques.

IED, internationally known as roadside bombs, may be manufactured in an improvised manner that mostly comes with destructive and flammable chemicals.

Last September 2, a bomb exploded in Davao City’s night market leaving 14 dead and 70 injured. Philippine National Police Director General Ronald de la Rosa confirmed that an IED was used in the terror attack.

Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino, in cooperation with the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), facilitated the seminar together with the 2nd Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Company of the Philippine Army.

Lumanglas emphasized the importance of prevention as he shared techniques to counter threats for the protection of Capitol personnel, stakeholders and properties.

Ang seminar na ito ay one type of prevention sakaling may gustong mag create ng terror and for you to respond and secure the area immediately,” he said.

Lumangas, an ordnance specialist, said there’s a need to secure the area before something happens.

“We are very fortunate to have this training organized and funded by the provincial government,” expressed Kathleen Grace Ates, a Capitol emergency responder.

“It is very informative as we learned the safety measures and proper respondes when crises arise,” she added. Personnel from different Capitol department offices as well as provincial and district hospitals are among the attendees of the said orientation seminar. (Chad Cordova Bacolod)