THE Philippine National Police (PNP) in Eastern Visayas has placed Leyte province on heightened alert while full alert is declared in Samar province following the week-long holiday due to Lenten season.
Police Regional Director Dionardo Carlos tasked the provincial directors to conduct security inspections all over the region including the establishment of “Police Assistance Desk” and “Motorists Assistance Hubs” on strategic locations and areas of convergence.
“We can’t avoid travel-related incidents but the least that we can do is to minimize the number of incidents,” said Carlos as he also assigned area supervisors in the region’s six provinces.
On Wednesday, April 17, Carlos led the surprise inspection in several public utility transport terminals, seaports and airport throughout the region particularly in Tacloban City, Ormoc City and Maasin City.
He first inspected the New Bus Terminal in Barangay Abucay, Tacloban where buses coming in and out of the region is situated.
The police director noted that some of the problems encountered and raised by the passengers were insufficient number of buses and the hot weather.
However, he said that the public utility transport terminals such as Vanvans, Duptours and Grandtours in Tacloban “are well-organized and prepared for the volume of motorists and travelers.”
“It is expected that the number of passengers will increase until evening today as it is the last working day. Insofar as safety and security, the Police Regional Office-8 has no security threats at the moment,” Carlos said.
The police director also advised commuting public on road safety using “Blow Bagets” which stands for battery, light, oil, water, breaks, air, gas, engine, tools and self. (SunStar Philippines)