THE Joint Task Force Haribon (JTH) is set to conduct a military simulation exercise Friday, February 17, at Sta. Ana Wharf to test the capability and preparedness of the troops on how to address security challenges and terrorist threats.

JTH Commander Gilbert Gapay, in an interview Thursday, said they have already conducted a rehearsal for the exercise to appropriately execute the tactics that they might apply in an actual scenario.

The activity is seen to capacitate and boost the competence and teamwork of the military forces and component units on how to react when untoward incident happen in the city.

The exercise targets to fine tune the naval, air, and land security measures to deter activities perpetrated by lawless armed group.

The task force is the anti-terror component of the Eastern Mindanao Command formally activated on October 22, 2016 to expand its operations in ensuring security in the Davao region, particularly in Davao City, as it is now becoming an alternative seat of the National Government.

The activity also aims to identify the weak points and resolve possible operational issues that may arise during the operation and improve the terrorism operations on different scenarios and situations.

TF Haribon is composed of Task Force Davao, Task Force Samal, 84th Infantry Brigade, the Philippine Navy, and the 11th Tactical Operations Group of the Philippine Air Force.

Davao City authorities earlier issued a public advisory to the communities residing in the area to remain calm and not panic since the explosion and live firing of guns that they might hear are part of the simulation.