Mayor Inday says patience needed during anti-terror drill
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte urged Dabawenyos to be patient and to prepare themselves for the conduct of the anti-terrorism drill, dubbed as the “Southern Storm Drills,” slated in various parts of the city on February 28 this year.
“I encourage the participation of the barangays and the public, medyo taasan nila ang ilahang pasensya,” Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said. “The little inconvenience on the part of the public during the simulation will save lives in the future.”
She stressed the importance of emergency preparation in the city, especially when it comes to disaster and terrorism.
“I am asking for your patience because the public will greatly benefit if we are well-prepared – whether it is for incidents considered as acts of God or by people with bad intentions since I do not want casualties,” she said.
The anti-terror exercises is an initiative of the security sector to test the preparedness of various agencies as well as the community during disasters or terrorist attacks.
“The D-day for the anti-terrorism drill is on February 28,” Davao City Police Office spokesperson Senior Inspector Ma. Teresita Gaspan said during the iSpeak Media Forum at City Hall yesterday.
Gaspan said the simulation exercises will also address weaknesses in the event of a terror attack and other emergencies.
Mayor Inday said the participation of the barangays is vital to the success of the anti-terror drills. She urged barangay officials to disseminate the schedule of the simulation exercises to their constituents.
“We particularly seek the participation of barangay officials because the simultaneous exercises will require a lock-down of the city and the members of our communities need to be informed,” she said.
Gaspan said the schedules of the simulation exercises had already been disseminated to the barangay officials. It will also be taken up during the next meeting of the City Peace and Order Council.
The drills will include different scenarios such as bomb explosions, fire incidents, hostage situations, and active shooting.
The anti-terror drill will be replicated in other urban areas in the country. It will simulate the response of both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in case of a terror attack.
“We all need to be prepared because the fight against terrorism and crime is a responsibility of everyone. The cooperation, support, and patience of Dabawenyos during the conduct of the exercises will strengthen our readiness and capability to ensure the safety of our city and our communities against the threats of terrorism and crime,” Mayor Inday said. CIO