Lobregat thanks PNP for constant anti-terror training PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 February 2011 15:40

Mayor Celso Lobregat Friday afternoon expressed appreciation to the Philippine National Police for continuously enhancing the skills and equipping policemen and other law enforcers with the knowledge on responding the fastest way to any given crisis situation.

This, as he encouraged law enforcers to be open to constant training so they will have the skills to manage the situation in such a way that public order is maintained at all cost while addressing the problem at hand.

“In the war on terrorism, prevention is one thing and vigilance is another, better yet preparedness or readiness in coping with it is the best thing we can do in the face of this unpredictable threat”, the mayor told the 72 graduates of the 4-day “Crime Scene First Responder Workshop for Terrorism Cases” held for policemen and other law enforcers assigned in Zamboanga City and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The training was initiated by the PNP School of Investigation and Detective Division of Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (SIDD-DIDM) in cooperation with the Australian Federal Police.

Mayor Lobregat was the keynote speaker during the graduation rites held at a hotel in Pasonanca which also had PCSupt. Alex Paul Monteagudo, DIDM Deputy Director; PSSupt. Keith Ernald Singian, SIDD, DIDM Chief and PSSupt. Mario Yanga, PRO-9 Deputy Director as guests.

“How fast we can respond to emergency situations like terrorism is now the call of time, especially for law enforcers”, he said adding “when terror strikes, every second counts for the victims. When terror strikes, every fraction of a second is life, and when terror strikes, the race against time is on and seems unending.”

In all fairness, he said policemen are quick to respond to any given crisis, the latest of which was last week’s firecracker warehouse explosions and fire, when law enforcers from different units and the firemen rushed to the scene, almost at an instant.

“But quickness is not enough, neither is it the “be all” of everything in responding to any crisis. You must have the skills to manage the situation in such a way that public order is maintained at all cost while addressing the problem at hand”, he added.

As the City’s Crisis Management Committee (CMC) chair, the mayor also gave inputs based on his experiences during crisis situations such as the August 2010 blast at the airport.

“As the local chief executive, with the authorities concerned, we have to make sure that our presence is to instill confidence, discipline and sense of order. Otherwise it will be more chaotic,” he said.

The mayor was one of the first responders to the airport blast incident. The scene of the crime was the first thing that was secured and crowd management or control was also ensured.”We immediately convened the CMC right at the airport. We should let people know that somebody is in charge and that the authorities are on top of the situation.”— Sheila Covarrubias