K9 teams from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have been deployed at the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) to augment the implementation of stricter security measures in the railway system following the recent terror attacks in Jolo, Sulu.
This was after Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade directed the PCG to help ensure safety and security in various public transportation hubs in the capital region, especially in train stations that cater to thousands of passengers on a daily basis.
With this, PCG Commandant, Admiral George Ursabia Jr. ordered the deployment of Coast Guard K9 Teams, composed of K9 handlers, working dogs, veterinarians, and explosive ordnance disposal specialists from Roosevelt to Baclaran stations.
“Since August 26, our K9 teams have been assisting security forces at the LRT-1 to deter criminal activities through higher visibility, enhance response time, and to make the commuter riding experience more secure,” Ursabia said in a statement on Saturday.
“Rest assured that your Coast Guard will remain selfless and committed to protecting our riding public against the danger of terrorism,” he added.
Meanwhile, the PCG chief also urged the riding public to cooperate with the authorities and stay vigilant during their travels at all times.
“We are enjoining our commuters to immediately report the presence of any suspicious items, activities, or individuals in the vicinity of our train stations. Rest assured that we will immediately perform necessary actions to prevent succeeding threats to public safety and security,” he added.