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Organizers: Help us secure Asean Summit

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Organizers: Help us secure Asean Summit

Monday, April 03, 2017

GUARD DOGS. Tritch (left), a tiny two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, is among the many bomb-sniffing dogs that will be deployed during the Asean Summit meetings in Cebu.(Sun.Star Foto/Allan Cuizon)

ORGANIZERS of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit asked Cebuanos to help in securing the delegates and to cooperate with authorities to achieve a successful gathering.

Random mobile phone signal shutdowns where the summit will be held will also be implemented.

"It will depend on the situation. We will announce when the shutdown will happen," said Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Noli Taliño.

Law enforcers have been ordered to observe maximum tolerance when dealing with protest actions or rallies.

He said that 40 percent of the teams of personnel assigned to secure the summit had already been deployed.

During the send-off ceremony of 5,400 law enforcement and emergency rescue units yesterday, Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., Asean 2017 National Organizing Council Director-General for Operations, encouraged teams to do their part to ensure that leaders or representatives from different Asean countries will have productive meetings.

"If our delegates who came here would have left having obtain their objective and that is to discuss, negotiate and come up with outcome documents at the end of their meeting, and feel that when they came here they were treated properly with utmost sense of hospitality and respect, then that would have made 100 percent of the success of all the meetings," Paynor said in his speech.

A total of 21 agencies have collaborated to take charge of the security of the summit participants, including dignitaries and diplomats.

Paynor said that the organizing council will mobilize close to 40,000 personnel for the committee of security on April 29 for the 50th founding anniversary of the Asean.

There are 14 other committees overseeing the summit, he added.

Most of the meetings in Cebu will be held in Lapu-Lapu City.

For the traffic plan in Lapu-Lapu, City Traffic Chief Mario Napule appealed to jeepney drivers and motorists to give way to delegates’ vehicles.

Napule said that 100 traffic enforcers will man the roads going to the two Mactan bridges, while access roads have already been identified in cases of emergency.

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on April 03, 2017.

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