Oplan SumVac 2014 starts

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Saturday, March 29, 2014


CAMP OLIVAS - The Police Regional Office in Central Luzon (PRO-3) has started implementing public safety measures for the entire summer season under Oplan Summer Vacation (SumVac) to ensure the safety of motorists, tourists and residents of Central Luzon.

PRO-3 Director Raul Petrasanta said he has instructed all city and provincial directors from the different police provincial, municipal and city police offices to conduct 24/7 patrols on foot, motorcycles and mobile patrol vehicles.

Petrasanta said they already established police assistance centers in bus and jeepney terminals to assist motorists going to their respective provinces in the region.

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He said troop deployment and police visibility will be maximized this coming Lenten season and summer vacation.

"This is part of our measures to ensure the public safety," he said.

Petrasanta said that motorist assistance points are also established along major thoroughfares to help those who are traveling and heading towards different provinces in the region.

He said barangay peacekeeping action teams and barangay tanods are also being deputized to assist in the implementation of Oplan Summer Vacation (Oplan SumVac).

"The Oplan SumVac will remain in effect throughout the Holy Week next week until the Flores de Mayo season in May and the opening of the next school year in June," he added.

Meanwhile, the Olongapo City Government is also gearing up for the influx of tourists this summer season, particularly during the observance of the Holy Week.

City Mayor Rolen Paulino said the City Government has already established Oplan Sumvac 2014 and the Olongapo Incident Management Team (IMT) to ensure public safety.

Paulino said he activated the group to minimize untoward incidents due to the arrival of both local and foreign tourists in this city as well as in the Subic Freeport.

"We want to respond immediately in case of any untoward incidents. But, of course, we hope that there will be no incidents to occur so that our visitors and the residents could enjoy the summer season," he said.

Carlo Elepongga of the research and planning unit of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said that Olongapo’s use of incident command system provides a systematic and functional command organization that will increase the effectiveness of the operation.

Aside from the rescue team, the Olongapo Traffic Management and Public Safety Office, the local Philippine National Police, health department, James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital, volunteer groups and other government agencies will assist the IMT to be deployed at the city's strategic locations. (Ric Sapnu)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 30, 2014.

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