Nazarene security can’t get any better with four-legged guards
MANILA, Philippines –To ensure the safety of devotees during this Thursday’s Feast of the Black Nazarene, security teams do not necessarily require two legs, sometimes it pays to have four-legged companions.
This is why K-9 units were deployed in three areas – the Quirino Grandstand, Escolta and Plaza Miranda.
Aside from added security, the canine guards are helpful especially in detecting bombs, said Petty Officer 2 Alfred Parreñas, head of the Coast Guard team in Escolta and whose watch started at 4:00 a.m.
Two canines were deployed in Escolta and 14 at the Quirino Grandstand by the Coast Guard. He said he did not know how many were deployed in Plaza Miranda as the Army was assigned there.
The two dogs in Escolta, Juno a golden retriever and Stephie a labrador, were trained for nine to 12 months.
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