To maintain the safety and security of shoppers, Tutuban Center recently conducted an bomb explosion and simulation exercise to test the capability of its emergency response team.
The simulated exercise was also meant to determine the strength and weaknesses of its Disaster Emergency Response Team (DERT) in responding to emergency situations and enhance its response procedures when dealing with delicate situations.
Tutuban Assistant Vice President for Safety and Compliance Ted Mosquito, led the activity in close coordination and collaboration with Philippine National Police Station 2 to comply with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Council manual and its implementing rules. The station on Nolasco corner Morga streets in Tondo, Manila, has jurisdiction over Tutuban, and is headed by P/Supt. Nick Pinion.
“We have conducted this activity on a yearly basis in our efforts to serve our customers better, and maintain a safe and secure shopping center. By doing so, we also train and equip with enough knowledge and awareness our DERT staff, our tenants, employees and contracted service providers on how to respond and react properly in this kind of emergency,” Mosquito explains.
The activity was conducted in two phases: preparation and actual. Preparation involved coordination, collaboration and meetings with concerned offices/units and careful planning in terms of personnel and logistics; and the actual, where there were lectures, briefings and rehearsals of Tutuban’s DERT and other participants to ensure success.
Bottom line, the participants were proven effective and efficient in performing their individual roles and assigned tasks when responding to this type of emergency.
There were a total of 168 registered participants, comprised mostly of Tutuban personnel and police officers from Precincts 6 and 7 both under Police Station 2. Other units that participated include the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, the Special Reaction Unit, Scene of the Crime Operatives and the Manila Traffic Bureau, plus other Manila Police Department units headed by no less than P/Senior Supt. Carlito Felicano.
Tutuban Center is on C.M. Recto Avenue in Manila and is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight.