Police postpone five-day simulation exercises in city

A HIGH-RANKING officer of the Philippine National Police yesterday said that the simulation exercises (Simex) are postponed to Feb. 26-March 2 from the initial schedule beginning Feb. 4.

Police Director Camilo Cascolan, deputy director general for operations, told TIMES yesterday that the simulation exercise was moved due to the upcoming Davao athletic meet, DAVRAA.

“It’s DAVRAA on Feb. 19 to 23 but we will be there (Davao) this week for the rehearsals in preparation also for the DAVRAA,” Cascolan said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio encouraged barangay officials and the public to participate actively on the said exercises.

“Hopefully, they will stretch their patience because the small inconvenience due to the Simex,” she told told reporters yesterday at the sidelines of the signing of the sisterhood agreement between Davao City and the County of Kaua’i, Hawaii.

“We cannot really prevent those groups who have really bad intentions in the city so we need to prepare,” she added.

Last Jan. 23, Cascolan presented during the City Council session the security and disaster plan for the scheduled simulation exercises to be conducted simultaneously in the city.

He said the aim of the simultaneous activity is to assess the readiness and inter-operability of the PNP in addressing law enforcement operations, counter insurgency and terrorism in coordination with the AFP, LGUs and other law enforcement agencies.

He also explained the security measures, information operations, contingency-planning and the simulation exercises to be conducted two weeks from now.

Aside from the PNP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) XI, Department of Health (DOH), Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, local government unit and the community will participate in the simulation exercise.

The other exercises are crisis emergency response exercise, monitoring law enforcement exercise, counter-insurgency, law enforcement operations and fire simulation exercise.

He also said they will try to identify the gaps and weaknesses, then find ways to correct the system for a better response rate among the different offices. “This is also to plan counter-terrorism strategy, including senior decision-making, operational and tactical responses,” he added.

The activity is called TG “Southern Storm,” and the overall supervisor is Cascolan, along with Chief Supt. Rene Pamuspusan, as the deputy supervisor, Chief Supt. Nestor Bergonia, the team leader on the blue team and Chief Supt. William Macavinta, team leader on Red team.

The blue team signifies that they will ensure the existing standard, operational procedures are implemented while the red team will try to attack the plan.

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