‘Oplan Bantay Lakbay’ re-activated-A A +A
Friday, March 15, 2013
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has reactivated “Operations Plan (Oplan) Bantay Lakbay” to ensure the safety of motorists and commuters in Zamboanga Peninsula as classes for school year 2013 is about to end.
The reactivation of “Oplan Bantay Lakbay” is also aimed to provide security to various activities like the Holy Week observance, town fiestas, family out-door vacation and Flores de Mayo as these activities are expected to draw visitors and tourists who are possible targets of lawless elements, said Zamboanga Peninsula Police Director Juanito Vaño.
Vaño said they may place the police force on full alert status, as the situation demands, to secure all vital installations and public places that are vulnerable to criminal and terror attacks.
He said they are not taking any chances as “the police is prepared and committed to provide security and safety to the public during the Lenten Season and summer vacation.”
Vaño advised the public to plan ahead before they travel and take the necessary precaution and ensure that their houses are secured while they are away.
He said they have also reactivated the police assistance centers located in strategic areas to serve as emergency quick-reaction unit.
Vaño also ordered all the units under his command to intensify the Police Integrated Patrol System in their respective areas of responsibility. (Bong Garcia)