The Philippines Bomb Data Center (PBDC) was created in 2005, with the aim of serving as a coordinating body to provide technical assistance, operational support, enhancement of training and strategic information on all unlawful use of explosives both domestic and international incidents.
It collects, analyses, and exploits data and pieces of evidence pertaining to bomb incidents, bombs, bombers/suspects, organization, leadership, and modus operandi. As part of this work it also maintains a databank of all post blast investigation reports, technical data, photographs and pertinent documents, as these may help in future investigations and enable the continual improvement of counter-bomb/IED methods.
Alongside the research and data-management the PBDC conducts training, seminars and other skills and competency building activities.
In the field they also provide technical support to investigation units, monitors the use and disposal of confiscated explosives and procures the necessary equipment for addressing such bombing incidents.
As with other bomb data centers the PBDC participates in fostering relationship with foreign counterparts in order to share and coordinate data and research, as well as keep up-to-date with best practice.
On the website for the PBDC members of the public can find information on bomb safety to increase public awareness, as well as articles on the latest news and incidents related to bombs.
Much of this work involves IEDs. However, the PBDC do also do specific work on IEDs, such as workshops due to the relatively high threat of IEDs faced in the Philippines.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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