EU opens CBRN regional response center in the Philippines

The European Union recently opened a regional secretariat of the EU Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Center for Excellence in the Malacanang Palace, the Philippine executive administration office.

The center is the second regional secretariat opened by the EU, which recently allocated one million euros towards the development and implementation of risk mitigation projects. Twenty such projects have already been established in Southeast Asia, according to

At a recently held meeting at the Malacanang Palace, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. told delegates and officials from the EU and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute that deeper alliances and further collaboration is need to face CBRN threats, according to

"As our world gets smaller and criminal elements have showed that they will not hesitate to cross borders to inflict harm to our citizens, it becomes imperative for us to work together to improve our capacity to respond to threats of all kinds, particularly CBRN dangers," Ochoa said,

At the center's official opening, the Special Rescue Unit of the Bureau of Fire Protection of the Philippines performed a live demonstration of their CBRN risk management tactics. The opening also included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the government of the Philippines and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, according to