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15 February 2016

Enhancing port security in the Philippines focus of INTERPOL training

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A second training programme to provide frontline law enforcement officers in the Philippines with the necessary skills to face the challenges of port security has been delivered by INTERPOL.

The five-day (1 to 5 February) course brought together 28 participants from several national and local law enforcement and government agencies involved in port security.

Two days of table top exercises where held to put into practice the classroom training on areas 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.

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

Elizabeth Baldwin-Jones, from the Embassy of Canada in Manila said: “Canada is committed to working with the Philippines to identify and address terrorist threats and criminal activities, including through projects such as this one. We know that our security is linked to your security, and we must all work together to address these issues.”

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.