Coast Guard trains in handling weapons of mass destruction
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) completed on Thursday, July 24, its 3-day training on detecting and inspecting weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which was conducted by the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
“This is part of the preparation of all countries and shipping nations for the continuous training of their people in light of the challenges being brought by terrorism,” PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said.
WMDs are weapons of nuclear, biological, or chemical nature that can cause widespread devastation and loss of life.
Aside from strengthening the agency’s anti-terrorism capability, the training is also expected to enhance its maritime domain awareness.
The 30 coast guard personnel from various districts who underwent the training in Manila are expected to serve as point person in their districts.
“Our personnel in every district should have at least one who is capable to handle weapons of mass destruction,” Balilo said, but these point persons may also conduct a similar training for other district personnel. – Rappler. com