As part of contingency planning for the 30th SEA Games 2019, the Eastern Police District under the leadership of PBGEN JOHNSON C ALMAZAN, District Director, directed all his personnel to conduct Simulation Exercises (SiMex) on how to respond to Bombing Incidents at 2:00 PM November 27, 2019 at Phil Sports Arena/ULTRA, Brgy. Oranbo, Pasig City.

The simulation exercises aims to assess the alertness and operational readiness of the PNP personnel particularly Explosive Ordinance Disposal Units of Pasig City Police Station led by PLTCOL JUVENAL E BARBOSA, SSTG Venue Commander including DMFB led by PCOL HERMOGENES CABE and concerned government agencies and volunteer groups in dealing with crisis situation.

“We want to be sure that our men are all capable and doing the right thing on the ground and adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in responding bombing incidents. We also want to see the possible lapses and areas that needs improvement including the functionality of all the equipment and vehicles needed, in order for us to gauge the success of what we intend to do during the crisis situation,” says PBGEN ALMAZAN.

The simulation exercises were carefully managed and assessed by the EPD Command Group led by PCOL ERSON U DIGAL, DDDA EPD from the time the incident began to how the Tactical Operations unit call upon all Units concerned down to the last phase of the scenario.

This exercises was also conducted to determine the capability of EPD DHQ personnel as part of augmentation force for speedy response wherever any eventualities may rise during the SEA games since Philsports Ultra Arena is one of the venues where the volleyball tournament will be held.

The activity concluded in an orderly manner with critiques and inputs given by the EPD Command Group to be taken in consideration for the next SIMEX or any possible attacks by the nefarious elements that might disrupt the peace and security of the 30th SEA Games 2019.

“The value of time in responding in an incident is very precious but we must always remember the proper procedure and protocols set, to prevent more casualties to innocent civilians and to the responders as well” PBGEN ALMAZAN also added.

The 30th SEA Games, a biennial regional multi-sport event will be held in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019 ,with the country playing host to 11 participating countries of Southeast Asia. Around, 17,000 athletes and team officials; 1500 international and local media; 12,000 volunteers and 2,800 technical officials are expected to participate in the event. ###