US-sponsored counterterrorism training center to rise in Silang,Cavite

US-sponsored counterterrorism training center to rise in Silang,Cavite

Good news for the country.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the US government recently inked an agreement for the latter to construct a state-of-the-art counterterrorism training center worth P350 million at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in Silang, Cavite.

The said project is part of the P520-million planned US investment to establish a joint operation training center in the country.
PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde and representing the US side  US embassy Deputy Chief of Mission John Law.(photo credit to owner)

In a statement, PNP chief Gen. Albayalde said the project is part of the thorough and strengthened partnership between the two nations to combat terrorism.

“We are grateful to the US government for this project which will establish a new training center mainly designed to boost our counterterrorism capabilities,” he said.
The PNP Chief said that they are eyeing 5 newly organized Special Action Force (SAF) battalions  to receive formal counterterrorism training in the new facility.

“This training facility will certainly provide the PNP with enhanced capability to address threats posed by domestic and transnational terrorism.” Albayalde said.

Israeli Training

A few months back it was also reported that PNP personnel have undergone training with their Israeli counterparts.
“What we asked from them is training kasi alam naman natin talaga sila is always very alert iba talaga ang level of training nila it’s because iba ang level of threat sa kanila (because we know that they are always very alert and they have very high level of training because of level of threat in their country),” PNP chief Gen. Albayalde said.

“Our discussion with the Israeli counterparts focused on the challenges being faced by the PNP, our campaign against terrorism, specifically, the ISIS, and our continuing efforts to fight this menace,” the PNP chief added.

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