PNP intensifies its security this Good Friday

DUE to expected influx of local and foreign tourist in the different provinces, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in coordination with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), volunteer groups and other concerned agencies intensifies its security preparedness this good Friday.

PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo disclosed that they will also provide comprehensive security coverage and other necessary public safety services and establish control points along highways and major thoroughfares as Lenten season end and summer vacation begins.

Police help desks and assistance posts in bus and train stations, airport and seaport terminals, churches and other pilgrimage and tourism destinations will be augment  by the PNP to ensure peace and order, and public safety today, Good Friday and tommorow in observance of Black Saturdaty.

Security preparations covered by the PNP Letter of Instructions (LOI) 68/08 (SANGINGAT-BRAVO) was updated to LOI 13/2011 (SANGINGAT-CHARLIE) to make it more dynamic attuned to SUMVAC 2011. It calls for the establishment of police assistance centers, motorist assistance centers “Lakbay Alalay”, tourist assistance centers.

The entire PNP was placed under full alert status effective April 16, 2011 and as of April 18, 2011, a total of 2,222 Police Assistance Centers, 1,592 Motorist Assistance Centers, 917 Tourist Assistance Centers, 5,817 Security and Inspections Points at seaports, airports and transport terminals, and 6,122 Security personnel are detailed in churches.

Following the arrest of two terrorist leaders earlier this month, Bacalzo ordered all PNP units nationwide to tighten security measures by conducting preventive and police-operations to interdict terrorist movements.

The PNP chief wanted all police units to ensure the security and safety in all places of convergence after the arrest of the two (2) Abu Sayyaf members in Mindanao.

Bacalzo added that the 135,000-strong police force is ready to ensure the peaceful and orderly observance of the Holy Week nationwide where Christians will celebrate the Lenten Season.

The PNP will also coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in providing safety and security services during and after the week-long celebration of Semana Santa. Verlin Ruiz

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