Mall workers undergo bomb threat seminar

Mall workers undergo bomb threat seminar


CLARK FREEPORT — The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the 710th Special Operations Wing (SPOW) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Tuesday conducted a bomb threat management seminar at the SM City Clark here.

The project is aimed to educate mall employees on how to handle a bomb threat including the immediate reporting of incidents and evacuation of shoppers.

During the seminar, the mall tenants were also taught about different kinds of explosives and how terrorists can plant a bomb in commercial establishments, transportation terminals, and other public places.

Ryan Pamintuan, SM City Clark assistant mall manager, said the mall management decided to conduct the bomb threat workshop following terrorist attacks and bombings in several countries including the Philippines.

“These times when there are several terrorist attacks and bombings around the world and closed to home is in Davao, I think it is very good to always be prepared. They say that 90 percent of bomb threats are hoax but you can never be sure and there is always a chance so the best thing is that you know what to do if there is a situation like this,” Pamintuan said.

About 30 percent of the mall tenants were able to attend the seminar, according to Pamintuan. “But we want to increase that to really spread the awareness. Internally also, we continuously reiterate and schedule spot drills with our people so that we know that they are always prepared.”

SPO4 Bernard Damasco of the Angeles City police EOD talked about different types of explosives while Sgt Robert Lacanlale of the 710th SPOW discussed several ways on how to handle a bomb threat.