Pagdilao flexes Calabarzon PNP muscles for summer season security

CALABARZON police director, Chief Superintendent Samuel D. Pagdilao, Jr. directed all police units in Southern Tagalog region to rev-up their public safety and security operations
due to the anticipated volume of travelers who will head out to various destinations this summer.

Pagdilao said it is expected that local and foreign tourists will herd to their respective vacation spots.

Local pilgrims are also expected to flood numerous places of worship in Southern Tagalog for the Lenten Season which will begin on Palm Sunday, April 17, until Easter Sunday, April 24.

The PNP will also patrol major roads for the anticipated increase of traffic congestion and accidents. Pagdilao added that the upcoming season is when criminal elements take the opportunity to carry out their nefarious operations.

To ensure the security of the public during this season, Pagdilao directed his provincial directors and chiefs-of-police to implement proactive measures, particularly mobilizing local police force for visibility, patrol and checkpoint operations to deter the movement of criminals involved in burglary and robberies and to establish Police Assistance Centers in several strategic locations.

He directed his police commanders to carry out necessary provisions for emergency and medical response in coordination with other agencies to ensure maximum efficiency in delivering public service.

Pagdilao also ordered the deployment of augmentation personnel from Regional Public Safety and Security Battalion and Companies in the provinces at known places of public convergence, such as public transport terminals, malls, resort vicinities and pilgrim destinations.

Pagdilao likewise directed the Highway Patrol Group 4A to conduct effective and efficient traffic management, motorized security patrol and road safety activities along national highways.

Pagdilao also directed the Regional Police Community Relations Division and its respective units in the provinces, cities and municipalities in Calabarzon to mobilize non-government organization and volunteer groups involved in medical and radio communication.

“While we concentrate on public protection and assistance, we are also mindful that terrorist groups and communist insurgents may take advantage of the occasion. It is in this light that we are closely coordinating our activities with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” Pagdilao said. Verlin Ruiz

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