SEAG Security Officers in Anti-Terrorism Training

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SECURITY OFFICERS and personnel of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) are undergoing additional training in anti-terrorism and various aspects of emergency and security procedures to ensure the safety of athletes participants and delegates to the 23rd Southeast Asian games.

SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza assures the public that the agency has been taking the necessary steps to guarantee the safety of everyone throughout the Nov. 27 to Dec. 5 meet.

The recent bombing in Bali, Indonesia where at least 19 people were killed and 120 wounded, raised concerns on the security measures being prepared by the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Philsoc) for the region's biggest sports spectacle.

"We have already mobilized our rescue, emergency and security personnel to conduct a series of studies, dry runs and consultations, not only within SBMA but with other government agencies as well to ensure that we meet the more demanding security requirements of an international sports competition like the SEA Games," Arreza said.

During the weekly SBMA SEA Games Inter-department coordination meeting, Law Enforcement Department (LED) manager Col. Jaime Calunsag reported that security officers and personnel are now undergoing various training courses related to security preparedness, in addition to anti-terror exercises.

"We have ongoing and scheduled trainings of LED security officers and have already initiated the procurement of necessary logistical requirements such as patrol vehicles, outboard motors for our patrol crafts, handheld metal detectors, and other paraphernalia," Calunsag said. …