1,000 cops to secure Oro on Holy Week

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Friday, April 11, 2014


AROUND 1,000 personnel from the combined forces of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) and Regional Training School (RTS) will secure areas here on the commemoration of the Holy Week.

Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, Cocpo’s chief of operations, revealed that deployment is part of Oplan Banal na Araw 2014.

“We have already finalized our plan of operation for the Holy Week through Oplan Banal na Araw 2014. We have designated our personnel in three key areas; the churches, the pilgrimage destinations in Malasag and Guadalupe and then our traveler’s hubs like the west and east bound terminals,” said Gonda.

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The police couldn't divulge the number of personnel to be deployed on specific areas.

“We can’t reveal the exact number of personnel to be deployed in all these areas for security reasons. Since we will be having more people on certain areas we will have to assume criminal elements would take advantage so we urge the people to be also on the alert. We will also be present in the streets and other public places to deter criminalities and security treats,” said the COCPO operations chief.

Gonda specified that almost half of the forces to be deployed would be coming from augmentation.

Meanwhile, Police Superintendent Aaron Mandia, chief of city public safety company, said that their forces are already on full alert.

“It would be the same daily routine, but we will have stricter measures and we need to increase our visibility. We will also have check points on key areas while our Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) and Explosive and Ordnance Division (EOD) units will be roving all over the city,” said Mandia.

Captain Christian Uy, spokesperson of the 4th Infantry Division said that the division has orders to provide full operations support to police offices all over the region.

“Our commander, Brigadier General Ricardo Visaya has given out the order to our forces to coordinate and support our counterpart in the police. In Cagayan de Oro we will be deploying around one platoon but additional forces will be on standby in case the need arises,” said Uy.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 11, 2014.

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