Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Davao cops receives new bomb disposal gears

DAVAO CITY- About P2.5-million worth of equipment to deal with incidents relating to explosive and ordinance was donated to the Davao City Police Office.

The turn-over ceremony was held at DCPO headquarters in Camp Domingo Leonor yesterday (January 19.) high-ranking city and regional police officials led by Senior Superintendent Marvin Pepino deputy city director for administration and Senior Supt. Restito Gatera, Regional Logistics and Supply Division head attended the affair.

One of the new equipment is a bomb suit (EOD 9). The suit can protect bomb-disposal experts withstand impact of an explosion from a 60mm mortar. Another equipment is a bomb disruptor used to disrupt the detonation of improvised explosive devices.

The equipment is part of a donation from the United States Government course through the Philippine National Police which was turned over last year. Among the equipment include post-blast investigation kits and explosives incidents countermeasure kits.

The PNP in turn donated some of the equipment to the DCPO. Senior Superintendent Gatera said the equipment provides more protection to the DCPO EOD team as they are the ones responding to EOD related incidents hence they must be well-equipped.

DCPO spokersperson chief inspector Milgrace Driz said the equipment would be of big help to the EOD team particularly in responding to situations like bombing incidents.

A spate of bombing incidents rocked parts of Mindanao in 2014 and 2015, one of those incidents occurred in Davao City November 18 last year, when a bomb exploded in a passenger van while traversing Ecoland in this City, two people were wounded in the explosion. (PIA/RG Alama)

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