Philippines Executive Secretary calls for regional cooperation against CBRN threat

The Executive Secretary of the Philippines recently called for greater regional cooperation against the threat of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.

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

"The key word in the midst of all these efforts is cooperation," Ochoa said, reports. "As our world gets smaller and criminal elements have shown 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 also acts as chairman of the Anti-Terrorism Council and the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime. The secretary recently delivered the opening remarks for the official beginning of the CBRN Risk Mitigation Centers of Excellence Regional Secretariat for Southeast Asia. The organization's office will be inside Malacanang.

"CBRN threats are not limited to those posed by criminal elements," Ochoa said, reports. "Countries in our region are also exposed to accidental or natural CBRN threats and the lack of exposure of some nations to these sorts of dangers mean that some countries are better equipped than others to deal with these concerns."