By Ariel Fernandez
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Aviation Security Group and the airport police department conducted a full-scale security drill and trained bomb explosive ordinance personnel in responding fast during bomb attacks and terrorist acts.
Some of the agencies that participated are the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Quarantine as well as the airline operators.
The MIAA said the emergency exercise “aimed to resolve a bomb explosion incident effectively and efficiently in order to guarantee the fast return to normalcy of operation at the NAIA.”
The scenario was of a car bomb incident at the airport’s parking area where aviation police bomb personnel cordoned the place.
With the assessment made by the bomb disposal unit, the airport’s crisis management committee concerned with the formulation of bomb explosion management policy activated the airport emergency plan to handle the crisis where the area was cleared with non-essential vehicles, equipment and persons near the vicinity of the explosion site.
Canine units from the Special Operations Unit (SOU) of the PNP-Aviation Security Group performed “bomb explosion intervention/operation” at the seat of the explosion.
The MIAA provided firefighting and rescue personnel, logistics as well as medical teams as support groups.