Police alert status up even after elections-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO) in Central Luzon said security preparedness and alert levels are still up despite the conclusion of the recent barangay elections, as the region is set to observe All Saints' and Souls' Days this weekend.
The preparedness is part of the "Implan 77/2013" (All Saints’ and Souls’ Day 2013) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
PRO-3 Director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta issued a directive to city and provincial directors from the different police offices in the region to "continuously conduct police focused operations and sustain the level of alertness and vigilance displayed during elections and on other forthcoming holiday activities."
The police office added that security inspections and police presence are currently being further intensified in all bus terminals and places of convergence.
"Stringent anti-criminality information drive is also being carried out in barangays and commercial business areas as one of its pro-active measures to complement its operations," the PRO-3 said in a statement.
As early as October 27, 2013, Police Assistance Desks put in place for purposes of election will be converted into Police Assistance Hubs to cover all cemeteries and transport terminals, not only to ensure public safety and order, but also to provide public assistance to missing persons particularly children and elderly who may experience health problems.
This will be complemented by the deployment of Motorist Assistance Hubs in major thoroughfares and secondary roads in the region starting October 31.
Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams are also deputized by the PNP to assist in the implementation of Implan Kaluluwa, as a left behind force together with the police to patrol residential areas, business establishments and economic key points to help thwart criminal elements, the PRO3 statement added.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 31, 2013.