By Mike Crismundo
The command group of Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) conducted their simulation exercises from the regional level down to various police units in the region, aimed at thwarting any threat of lawless elements even though the region is relatively peaceful.
PRO 13 initiated a simulation exercise on Condition Situation Response System (CSRS) in collaboration with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and PNP Special Action Force following the current issue of peace and order in Mindanao.
The simulation exercises started on Friday in the municipality of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte and in the town of Alegria, in Surigao del Norte, dubbed as “ALKIT,” to check capabilities and preparedness and interoperability of security forces in addressing scenarios that are usually initiated by lawless armed groups, PRO 13 regional director Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix told The Manila Bulletin on Sunday.
The drill was conducted following the directive of the creation of the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center and AFP-PNP Joint Legal Cooperation directives to test operational readiness on any possible terrorist acts as the entire Mindanao was placed under full alert status due to the declaration of martial law, the region’s police chief said.
“There is a need to come up with a simulation exercises to see to it that the Caraga PNP and the Philippine Army are capable in confronting any threat groups,” Felix said.
He said full security measures are already implemented in all key government and private installations in the region since clashes between government security forces and Maute terror group started on May 22 in war-torn Marawi City.
High security measures are also implemented in all public places in the region while checkpoints were also conducted in round-the-lock basis, particularly in the regional borders, he added.
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