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Coast Guard and Legazpi City will train dogs for disaster response

The six-month training of hybrid dogs for search and rescue operations and sniffing out bombs and other explosives will begin on Tuesday under the supervision of the Legazpi City government and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA).

At least 16 dogs have cleared the screening stage, according to City Veterinary Office (CVO) chief Emmanuel Estipona, who said in a Monday interview that they will go through daily training before being used as additional force multipliers in emergency response activities.

As the Coast Guard searches for a K-9 training facility, Estipona said, “We have the plan to use the 100 square meter dog pound in Barangay San Roque as the training area for these dogs.”

According to him, the PCGA will train eight dogs for search and rescue while eight further canines will receive explosives instruction from chosen police officers.

According to Estipona, the trainers will also lecture to dog owners in addition to training dogs, in order to impart further knowledge on how to properly care for the dogs after training sessions.

In order to help provide security for some tourists and local visitors in the city, he claimed that pet owners must also participate in rescue and response operations during emergency scenarios.

According to Estipona, the training includes instruction on how to fight crime and terrorism.

The city, in collaboration with the PCGA, is implementing the K-9 program as the first local government entity in the nation, according to Mayor Geraldine Rosal. The program trains canines for search and rescue missions.

Following training, Rosal stated in an interview, “the trained canines would be part of the rescue operations, especially during every tragedy, and they would also be employed to secure venues of conference and seminars including terminal and other tourist spots of the city.”

She expressed her gratitude to all dog owners and noted that the initiative was part of volunteerism to save lives, particularly those of those who had been affected by natural disasters.

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