US helps build training hub vs terrorism in Cavite

October 12, 2019

A NEW regional counter-terrorism training center will soon rise at the Philippine National Police Academy in Silang, Cavite with the help of the United States which poured in US $10 million or roughly P520 million for its construction.

Officials led by Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año and PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde, thanked the U.S. government in behalf of American Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim for providing funds to build the center.

The Duterte government said the construction of the state-of-the-art facility is part of the deepening bilateral counterterrorism partnership between the Philippines and the U.S.

Locsin said the U.S. Department of State secured $10 million in their counterterrorism partnership funds to establish and jointly operate the center with the PNP.

The center will provide counterterrorism training for law enforcement units, personnel from the Philippines and regional partner nations.

Año said the initiative comes in response to a request from the PNP for a state-of-the-art facility to provide enhanced regional counterterrorism training.

The establishment of this center reflects the U.S.’ enduring commitment to support Philippine counterterrorism efforts and work together to address threats to peace and security in the region, he said.