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Gov’t security agencies conduct maritime drill off Davao City for Kadayawan festival

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To ensure the safety of the thousands of people who are expected to attend the Kadayawan Festival in President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city, a maritime law enforcement exercise was held recently, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The government agencies and units, which participated in the exercise conducted on August 10 off the coast of Sta. Ana, Davao City, were the PCG’s Coast Guard District Southeastern Mindanao (CGDSEM), the Philippine Navy and Tactical Operations Wing of the Philippine Air Force under the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police Maritime Group, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Task Force Davao, Davao City Public Safety and Security Command, and Rescue 911.

Different scenarios were simulated during the drill.

The PCG and AFP deployed their floating and air assets to interdict a target vessel which was reported to be carrying illegal drugs on board.

There were also medical evacuation of a wounded person and panneling and inspection by the PCG K9 unit.

The 10-day Kadayawan Festival kicked off on August 10 and will end on August 19.

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared as special non-working days August 17 (Friday) and August 20 (Monday) in Davao City to enable the people of the city to celebrate the occasion.