TARLAC City, Tarlac -- The chiefs of police of the 17 towns and this component city have undergone a two-day bomb identification and detection seminar to make them knowledgeable and updated on the destructive method being employed by terrorists.
Acting Tarlac police director Senior Supt. Westrimundo Obinque formally opened the seminar last Thursday with a firm message that policemen, as first responders to bomb threat reports and related crises, must have basic knowledge and skills in identifying and detecting bombs and all forms of IED (improvised explosive device).
He advised the chiefs of police to refrain from acting as if they know everything about bombs and IEDs.
“Little knowledge is dangerous. Unless you have the license and authority to do it, remember that safety first is the key in overcoming the crisis. Never forget to call EOD (Explosive Ordnance Division) experts assigned in your respective areas once the presence of bombs and IED are detected,” he said.
Obinque said the seminar is timely in view of the recent bombing in Davao City that killed 14 and injured 70 individuals. He also cited the bombing of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines tower in Carmen, North Cotabato, and the lobbying of a grenade into the compound of Polomolok Vice Mayor Elias Jovero.
The seminar was conducted by Supt. Sonnie Omengan and his men from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine Group (EOD/K9 Group) in Camp Crame.