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02 December 2015

INTERPOL training focused on port security in the Philippines

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Providing frontline law enforcement officers in the Philippines with the necessary skills to face the challenges of port security was the focus of an INTERPOL training session.

The five-day (23-27 November) course brought together 23 participants from more than a dozen national and local law enforcement and government agencies involved in port security.

The course began with classroom training on topics including bomb detection, counter-terrorism, human trafficking, border management strategies, immigration control at seaports and awareness of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) threats, followed by two days of practical tabletop exercises.

The training modules were delivered by experts from INTERPOL, the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the Philippine Explosive Ordnance Disposal of Davao, the Philippine Bomb Data Center, the Office for Transportation Security, the Regional Anti-Trafficking Task Force and the Bureau of Immigration.

At the end of the session, participants visited the Public Safety and Security Command Center of Davao City, which currently has access to three INTERPOL databases: Stolen Motor Vehicle (SMV), Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) and the nominal database.

Agencies participating in the training course included the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime - NCB Manila, Office for Transportation Security, National Coast Watch Council, Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Bureau of Customs, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, the Philippine Maritime Industry Authority, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine National Police's Maritime Group, the Philippine Ports Authority, and the Philippine Regional Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking, as well as local government units.

The training session was part of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme for Port and Maritime Security in the Philippines, funded by the Government of Canada. As part of an ongoing effort to address the transnational threat posed in Southeast Asia, this programme seeks to strengthen frontline institutional capacity to combat terrorism, piracy and armed robbery by training Philippine national law enforcement agencies, in charge of port and maritime security, in order to reduce the vulnerability of ships and port facilities to security risks.