(L to R) Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP SAF) Explosive Ordinance Disposal Canine (EOD/K9) Group Director Regimio B Gregorio, PNP Chief of Directorial Staff Archie Francisco Gamboa, PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer Lon Fairchild, and Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Antiterrorism Assistance (DS/ATA) Resident Program Manager Ronald Dizon. U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Antiterrorism Assistance turns over equipment at the first anniversary of the Philippine National Police EOD/K9 Group.
Manila, April 28, 2017 — Guest of Honor U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer Lon Fairchild and Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Antiterrorism Assistance (DS/ATA) Resident Program Manager Ronald Dizon formally turned over Post Blast Investigation and Explosive Incident Countermeasure Kits to the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP SAF) Explosive Ordinance Disposal Canine (EOD/K9) Group at the first anniversary of the EOD/K9 Group in the PNP Multi-purpose Hall, Camp Crame, Quezon City on April 24, 2017.
The DS/ATA’s EOD/K9 initiative recognizes that a well-trained EOD/K9 with an experienced handler is an excellent tool in locating explosive devices. To develop this capability in the Philippines, DS/ATA began assisting the PNP in early 2007 with the establishment of an EOD/K-9 facility for the PNP National Capital Region Police Office. The facilities include kennels, a veterinary clinic. and billeting for EOD/K9 handlers. Six bomb detector dogs were granted by DS/ATA in 2008 to the PNP EOD/K9 Group and in 2015, twenty-two additional bomb detector dogs were granted. DS/ATA trained 22 handlers who are now assigned to Mindanao and the National Capital Region.
To develop the PNP’s bomb disposal and investigation capabilities, DS/ATA provided Post Blast Investigation and Explosive Incident Countermeasures training and equipment to critical areas in Mindanao; in particular to Zamboanga, Davao, General Santos, South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. DS/ATA-trained bomb technicians and investigators are now able to respond quickly to bombing incidents and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threats, preventing the loss of lives. DS/ATA-trained and equipped EOD/K9 Units also provide IED Awareness Training to PNP Units, local schools, and civic groups in at-risk areas of Mindanao. To date, the DS/ATA Program has provided Php$199 million worth of EOD/K9 training and equipment to the PNP SAF.