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Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines - The training session for Team Leaders and Experts at CBRN Incident Sites took place in the Philippines

On Tuesday 15 May the opening ceremony of the training session for Team Leaders and Experts at CBRN Incident Sites, organised in the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (CoE), took place in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The four-day long training course aimed at enhancing capabilities and preparedness of the national agencies involved in the management of CBRN emergencies.

The training programme was tailored to cope with the needs and priorities concerning the inter-agency coordination expressed by local experts and decision makers involved in the response to CBRN incidents.  Special attention was paid to discuss and implement joint strategies and capabilities in the event of accidental or intentional criminal actions involving toxic hazardous materials.

The core activities of the course were specifically designed by the project team in collaboration with the CBRN CoE National Focal Point (NFP) of the Philippines, General Jose Embang Jr from the Bureau of Fire Protection, and Professor Irma Makalinao from the University of the Philippines. The training featured a special Train-the-Trainer approach, interactive sessions, practical exercises and tutorial modules on relevant aspects of interest for CBRN first responders.

During the opening ceremony, the NFP and Dr. Robert Frank, Regional Cooperation Officer for South-East Asia for the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace from the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, expressed their appreciation to the 27 delegates, coming from the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Department of Health, the Philippine General Hospital, and the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office attending proactively the training sessions, also contributing to the interagency discussion.

The training course is a component of Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework” and is led by the international experts Dr. Matteo Guidotti, from the Italian National Research Council, and Eng. Dr. Mauro Valerio Mattavelli Solbiati, Team Leader of the CBRNe Unit of the Italian Firefighters Corps based in Milan, in conjunction with FORMIT, Italian Foundation for Technology Migration and Research.