Military gets USD 1-M worth of equipment for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear threats

The Philippine military’s capability to deal with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threats received a significant boost after the United States donated USD 1-million worth of CBRNE equipment on Thursday. The equipment is sufficient to equip a platoon of specialized troops, according to Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina, Armed Forces of the Philippines deputy chief-of-staff, who formally received the donation from US Army representatives.

“In terms of really accepting the equipment, this is the first time, but this capability development has been going for quite some time,” he said.

“We started out with a small number. Now we’re having a platoon-size with the corresponding equipment and we really thank the US government for the support,” Fallorina stressed

The AFP deputy chief added the training and equipage of troops should be replicated in other units of the military until it has a sizeable number that can deal with these kinds of threat.

“This will be replicated in the other major services until such time that we have a substantial number of personnel really qualified for CBRNE activities,” he said.

Fallorina, however, could not say if the military would ever deal with threats posed by non-conventional weapons, except for disasters.

He said that soldiers or those trained in dealing with CBRNE would be the first responders should threats arise from these types of weapons.

“They are highly trained and they basically are mobile. We have the equipment as you see. It can be transported either by land through the M-35, and if required in other island parts of the country, it can be transported through the C-130s,” Fallorina said.