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Friday, September 27, 2013
SOME 200 enforcers from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Regional Mobile Group (RMG) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) joined the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) Training Course that formally opened at Camp Capt. Domingo E. Leonor on Friday.
DCPO director Ronald M. dela Rosa, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said the 14-day training is designed to prepare policemen for any crisis similar to Zamboanga City.
"They will be the first responders of the city in case of a terror attack," Dela Rosa said.
He, meanwhile, told trainees to prepare their minds and bodies as they won't be undergoing an easy training.
He said, "Kamo ang saligan sa mga tawo kung naa may mahitabo nga krisis bantog kinahanglan gyud ninyo mag-focus ug magtarong (The people will be relying on you in times of crisis that is why you need to focus and you need to do well)."
The training will be spearheaded by the Technical Support Platoon of DCPO led by Superintendent Richard Bad-ang. It will focus on physical fitness, close-quarter combat, sniping and rifle marksmanship.
The culmination activity for the training, meanwhile, will be highlighted by various competitions between the participating teams.
The police director said they will recommend the winning teams to the City Government of Davao that will give them prizes which may include Swat gear, equipment, and M4 Carbine Rifles.
Initially, the trainees included 12 eight-man teams from each of the different police stations under DCPO and 10 eight-man teams from the City Public Safety Company. Two teams from RMG and a team from PDEA, however, volunteered to join the training to add more capable reinforcements for any terror attack.
"I commend the RMG and PDEA for joining. Not only will there be more reinforcements during any crisis, they could also intensify their strength when it comes to their respective operations," dela Rosa added.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, is set to allot P1.2 million for the said training. The budget will be allocated for the ammunition to be used during the marksmanship training in the shooting range in Ma-a, food for the trainees and trainers, and other operational expenses.
The training course got a P1.2-million fund from the city.
Duterte said the funds, which will finance the Magtech Ammunition, will be sourced out from the peace and order account.
He said the Magtech Ammunition, said to be an important item but is the cheapest, is the recommendation of the local shooters.
The purchase of the ammunition will be in an emergency status and will not undergo any bidding since the training has started on Friday.
"I made the purchase emergency. I will request the COA (Commission on Audit) for that," he said during the opening program of the training course.
Duterte said the main objective of the training is to prepare the troops that will keep the city from any harm, may it be a terrorist attack or a threat of criminality.
"I would like to know if they can shoot straight. They are the first responders. They're supposed to do the attack. We take the backseat," he said.
During the program, he expected trainees to be serious, adding: "Train kayo kasi I don't want anybody messing up in the city.”
He added: "I will not allow group of persons to come here, carrying firearms."
Duterte said the idea of pulling out at least eight members of each police station and from City Public Safety Company came after the Kenya mall attack, killing 72 people including six security personnel and five militants.
He said he "was not comfortable" with what happened, thus, the urgent 14-day training here.
"We are in eternal vigilance," he said. (With ANC)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 28, 2013.