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Task Force MaKiMa spearheads explosive incident first responders training

ICC Cotabato City (12 November) -- Task Force MaKiMa (representing the Western Sarangani municipalities of Maasim, Kiamba and Maitum) sponsored a two-day training for some 30 Explosive Incident First Responders on November 10 to 11 at the municipal hall, Maasim, Sarangani.

Art Tariman, chief executive officer of Task Force Salaam, GenSan, a co-organizer of the training informed the Philippine Information Agency said that the activity is a disaster preparedness education endeavor to the responders of incidents such as explosions of improvised explosive devices in their communities which have been lately the areas affected by the armed conflicts.

Task Force MaKiMa chairman, Sarangani Vice Governor Steve Solon saw the vital significance of the training which also gained the support of Governor Miguel Dominguez. Both officials realize that the front liners in these incidents should be equipped with sufficient knowledge and the necessary skills in responding to emergency situations such as bombing incidents. They expect that the training will help improve the unified emergency response operations before and during explosion incidents in the MaKiMa area.

Tariman disclosed the resource persons and the topics they discussed which are as follows: : "Role of the First Blast Responders in Pre and During Explosion Incidents" SPO2 Fidencio Sales, Jr., chief clerk, PNP 12 Bomb Squad Unit: "Post Blast Investigation" PO1 Edmund de los Reyes of PNP SOCO team; "Role of SOCO Team" Police Inspector Edgar Balofinos, chief of GSCPO bomb squad unit: "Function of Canine in Pre and During Explosion Incidents" PO2 Erwin Novida, canine handler of the GSCPO bomb squad unit. Tariman, himself discussed " Incident Command System."

The local government unit of Maasim, Sarangani headed by Mayor Aniceto Lopez, Jr, Joint Task Force GenSan and the Philippine Army also extended assistance in the conduct of the training. (PIA 12) [top]

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