By Benjamin Lim Vergara
AVIATION authorities on Tuesday conducted full-scale security drill at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to train bomb explosive ordinance personnel to respond rapidly to cases of bomb threats or actual bombings.
Conducting a full scale security exercise to practice its crisis action plan on one scenario of possible Acts of Unlawful Interference is part of the NAIA Crisis Management Organization.
Personnel from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ), and other government agencies, as well as the airline operators, took part in the exercise.
According to the MIAA, the action plan of the exercise “aims to resolve a bomb explosion incident effectively and efficiently in order to guarantee the fast return to normalcy of operation of the NAIA.”
The scenario was of a car bomb incident at the airport’s parking area where aviation police bomb personnel immediately cordoned the place.
With the assessment made by the bomb disposal unit, the airport’s crisis management committee – concerned with the formulation of bomb explosion management policy – activated the airport emergency plan to handle the crisis where the area was cleared with non-essential vehicles, equipment and persons near the vicinity of the explosion site.
Canine unit from the Special Operations Unit (SOU) of the PNP-Aviation Security Group performed “bomb explosion intervention/operation” at the seat of the explosion.
The MIAA provided firefighting and rescue personnel, logistics as well as medical team as support group.