Tacloban City — The City Government of Tacloban recently engaged the services of a canine training company specializing in Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) and Narcotic Detection Dog (NDD) to strengthen the security of the city from the dreadful threats of illegal drugs and to boost the city’s anti-drug campaign.
Earlier in August, the Managing Director and Head Trainer of the Search and Secure Canine Training Services International Inc., Elmer Cepeda, presented 8 K9 dogs through City Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez.
Four K9 dogs are drug-sniffing dogs and the other four are bomb-sniffing dogs.
The said company has a good record of giving security to national events including the State of the Nation Address (SONA).
To talk about this new development, a meeting was held with the representatives of the Police, Coast Guard, the Civil Aviation Authority, Fisheries Law Enforcement Team, Fish Port, and City Security Services Office to coordinate the deployment of K9 teams in strategic locations to help secure the city and help in the anti-drug campaign.
Mayor Romualdez said that the bomb-sniffing dogs will be deployed to do regular sweeping and scanning operations in public places; while the drug-sniffing dogs will accompany the authorities in anti-drug operations.
She also gave emphasis on the city as the central business, recreational, and educational hub of Region 8.
The dogs that will be redistributed are “mavericks” that have already detected actual bombs and narcotics during the scanning operations.