In light of the recent bombings in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat and General Santos City, employees from different offices of NDMU attended the Bomb Threat Awareness Seminar on October 13, 2018 at SMC Hall.

Marc Coneffe Cabucay of MacArthus Security Services opened the event, reminding everyone that although the personnel may not be able to diffuse bomb, they may prevent such incidents by coordinating with the authorities, and putting in the forefront the security and order of the university.

The participants learned about bomb threat management through Joey Orayle, Antonio Azuelo, and Michael Ycon, three of five police officers of Explosives and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team who deals with bomb incidents in the entire region.

They put forward discussions on bomb threat response plan; threat assessment; recognizing and responding to unattended packages, objects, and baggages; bomb identification; and a primer on laws on illegal acquisition of explosives, such as Presidential Decree No. 1727, and Republic Act 9516.

They also encouraged stricter school policies on bag and car inspection, and the use of security devices such as CCTV cameras, metal detectors, and search mirrors. These stern security rules would not allow personalities to sow terror in the campus, according to Azuelo.

The speakers ended the seminar with the outlook that preventing security threats is not a job that rests on security personnel alone; it needs cooperation from all offices as well.

The event was organized by Physical Plant, Security, and Safety Office of NDMU.