SBMA, gov’t agencies conduct anti-terrorism exercise in Subic Freeport

IMG_7452 DILG Assistant Secretary Alexander L. Macario observe PNP SWAT participants in a mock terrorism attack during the Inter-agency CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) simulation exercise held at Subicwater-Binictican Treatment Facility in Subic Bay Freeport zone Thursday, May 26. The two-day activity, spearheaded by the Anti-Terrorism Council-Project Management Center of the Department of Interior and Local Government, culminated with an inter-agency drill in dealing with actual scenario of terrorist biological attacks and hazardous material accidents.
DILG Assistant Secretary Alexander L. Macario observes PNP SWAT participants in a mock terrorism attack during the Inter-agency CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) simulation exercise held at Subicwater-Binictican Treatment Facility in Subic Bay Freeport zone Thursday, May 26.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – A Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Simulation Exercise was conducted at the Subic Water Binictican Water Treatment Plant here as part of the national government’s thrust to thwart terrorism in the country.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – A Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Simulation Exercise was conducted at the Subic Water Binictican Water Treatment Plant here as part of the national government’s thrust to thwart terrorism in the country.

Joining the exercise was the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), along with other government agencies, according to SBMA Chairman and Administrator Rolen C. Paulino.

The exercise was conducted by the Anti-Terrorism Council – Program Management Center (ATC-PMC) headed by the Project Management Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Combined bomb personnel of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police in hazardous material protection suits perform radiation-tracking procedures during a mock biological terrorism attack held at Subicwater-Binictican Treatment Facility in Subic Bay Freeport zone Thursday, May 26.

The official added that the inter-agency simulation exercise series (IA Simex Series) included personnel from the DILG, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), ATC-PMC, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP), Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices from Bataan and Zambales, Peace and Order Councils of LGUs, CBRN National Team Observers, Subic Water and Sewerage Company, Inc., and the SBMA.

Chairman Paulino further revealed, “The opening scenario during the CBRN Simex was a negotiation between the terrorist group who took over the Subic Water Binictican Water Treatment Plant with plans to contaminate the water supply of Olongapo City. The terrorist group demanded P10 million, along with the release of their comrades. A PNP negotiator then attempted to communicate with the terrorist group.”

“Should negotiations fail, the PNP will cordon off the area while the SBMA Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team will conduct a meeting before an insertion operation. Following the insertion, SWAT personnel will then neutralize the terrorist threat and rescue hostages taken by the terrorists.

“Both the SWAT and the hostages are then thoroughly checked for any chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear contaminations before they are allowed to conduct further operations. Debriefing immediately follows after decontamination,” he said.

The official stated that the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams from the AFP and PNP will scout the area for any explosive devices that the terrorist group may have left behind. The SBMA Fire Department and the BFP will then carry out extraction of injured victims and live suspects using hazmat suits.

Participants in hazardous material protection suits perform victim extraction procedures during a mock biological terrorism attack held at Subicwater-Binictican Treatment Facility in Subic Bay Freeport zone Thursday, May 26. The two-day inter-agency CBRN simulation training exercise is spearheaded by the Anti-Terrorism Council-Project Management Center of the Department of Interior and Local Government. It aims to test different line agencies of the government on how to deal with actual scenario of terrorist biological attacks and hazardous material accidents.

“Medical teams from the SBMA Public Health and Safety Department (PHSD) will then immediately attend to the wounded victims, including the terrorists for medical attention,” Paulino said.

DILG Assistant Secretary Brig. Gen. Alexander Macario lauded the participation of various government agencies at the CBRN Simex 2022, citing that with a bit more polishing, the operation would be seamless. He added that the exercise is designed to meet the needs of the particular area in partnership with stakeholders.

“The exercise should support and develop exercise practitioners’ competency to plan, implement, and evaluate simulation exercises within the terrorist-related CBRN crisis field. This exercise also requires the active participation of representatives from both local and national government agencies, and include non-government units and stakeholders,” he said.

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