PNP on heightened alert for Labor Day celebration

MANILA, Philippines – the Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed its entire forces on heightened alert status on Friday as part of its security preparations for this year’s Labor Day celebration on May 1.

PNP Chief, Director General Raul Bacalzo said that the placing of the entire police force on heightened alert condition was meant to ensure order and security across the country before Sunday’s Labor Day celebration.

“The PNP joins the entire nation in paying tribute to the Filipino workforce for providing the muscle to fuel the national economy and move the country forward. It is our duty as police officers to make this day peaceful and significant for all,” Bacalzo said.

This operational readiness condition ensures that at least 50% of police units, personnel and resources will be available for peace and order, and public safety operations to guarantee an orderly and uneventful celebration of Labor Day.

“However, as law enforcers, duty calls that we must report for work on that day to preclude any threat of violence and disorder on this otherwise peaceful and meaningful celebration of international Labor Day,” Bacalzo said.

The PNP Chief has instructed all Regional Directors and National Support Units to conduct inspection on units, personnel and equipment, particularly those that will be deployed to provide security in projected mass actions.

PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said police commanders have been given instructions to provide appropriate police security to public assembly venues to maintain order and prevent criminal and lawless elements from taking advantage of the activities.

The 15,000-strong National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the Special Action Force (SAF) have upgraded its alert condition to FULL, particularly in Metro Manila where the center of Labor Day activities will be held by national labor organizations.

“Our job here is not to prevent people from holding public assemblies, but to enforce the law and remind participants of their responsibilities when holding public assemblies,” Cruz said.

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