Task Force Davao will test how Dabawenyos cooperate with authorities and react to terrorism incidents in the upcoming community exercise as part of the Davao City’s continued campaign on the Culture of Security.

The community exercise next week is aimed at evaluating the cooperation of Dabawenyos in reporting suspicious persons, staying true to the Culture of Security campaign “May Nakita, Dapat Magsalita”. 

The exercise also aims at eliminating the tendency of the public to panic, instead develop or increase their level of vigilance and aggressiveness in the fight against terrorism. This is also a test on impact of flashing or disseminating the identity of suspected terrorists to the public.

Task Force Davao Commander Col. Consolito Yecla said that this is the first time that the public will be involved in the city’s anti-terrorism simulation exercise. 

“What we want to happen is to test how the individuals will react without causing panic in the City,” Yecla said. 

He urged everyone, especially establishment owners and their clientele, to participate in the community exercise. 

“If in case these actors are in their area, we urge you to report them to the appropriate authorities so they will be neutralized,” Yecla said

In the scenario, the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) through the Central 911 will announce using radio stations and other means of communication the presence of 25 persons disguising as terrorists. Each establishment, churches, hotels and inns, restaurants, malls, and government establishments will be targeted by five actors.  

Once the “terrorist” is reported either to TFD, DCPO (Davao City Police Office), or the PSSCC it will be counted as “neutralized” by the sector.

Launched on July 1, 2020, the Culture of Security is a people-centered campaign that encourages Dabawenyos to be vigilant and report suspicious individuals immediately to authorities. CIO