Military conducts continuous drills to ensure safety of APEC government heads

With the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Metro Manila just a few weeks away, the military’s Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) is now conducting continuous drills and rehearsals to ensure that it can respond to any eventualities quickly and efficiently.

This was stressed by JTF-NCR deputy commander Col. Vic Tomas in an interview Thursday. And while confirming that no security threats are facing the APEC Meeting, he said preparations are ongoing continuously in order to harden these “soft targets”.

“[Ongoing now are] continuous coordination, rehearsal, testing of capabilities of [various] task units and of course, how fast we can we respond to any crisis situations,” Tomas stressed.

When asked about worst case scenarios, the JTF-NCR chief said they are looking and preparing for the so-called CBRNE or chemical biological radiological nuclear and explosives risk. Add to these threats are earthquakes and other natural calamities.

But Tomas said they are studying and preparing for all these eventualities as this is the prudent thing to do under the so-called “full spectrum risk management preparedness protocols.”