CAMP SANG-AN, Zamboanga del Sur | The Armed Forces of the Philippines boosted its Explosive Detection capability after the closing ceremony of K9 Explosives Detection Course Class 06-2020 held here, Monday.
1st Infantry (TABAK)Division served as the training venue for the K9 Explosives Detection Course of class 06-2020 whose students came from the different units in the AFP. The 62 personnel have undergone six-months of training together with their canine partners.
Brig.Gen. Bagnus P. Gaerlan Jr., the Assistant Division Commander, assisted by Col. Jonathan P. Obena, the Commandant of the 1st Infantry Division Training School (1DTS), led the pinning of the K9 patches to the newly graduates and awarding of deserving students.
Brig. Gen. Gaerlan, in his message, congratulated and reminded the graduates how important their role will be in their units particularly in ensuring that our operating troops are protected against landmines/IEDs since most of the Command’s casualties were inflicted by land mines/IED.
“This training is important to prevent bombs and explosives from being used by the terrorists to inflict casualties and terrorize the populace in order to advance their violent cause” different Brig. Gen. Gaerlan said.
“This training is a big boost in our campaign against the threats existing in our joint area of operations especially in our efforts in finding, fixing and finishing the enemy” Brig. Gen. Gaerlan added.
The graduates together with their canine buddies will be deployed back to their respective mother units.