PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) spokesperson Colonel Bernard Banac said on Sunday, April 21, that the week-long celebration of the Lenten season was generally peaceful despite several untoward incidents recorded in some areas.
Banac said 30 people killed of drowning since last Sunday, April 14 involving children and adults while there were isolate cases of vehicular accidents particularly that of when an ill-fated elf truck fell off a ravine in Tabuk, in Kalinga on Saturday which resulted in the killing of at least eight people.
Banac said police operations will now focus on motorist assistance and in transportation terminals as activities and movement of the travelling public will be more in the said areas.
He said cops and police assistance desks will remain in bus, air and sea ports and in several major thoroughfares to ensure the safety of the public.
Banac however reminded anew the traveling public of the safety best practices to keep their travel hassle free.
He said vacationers who spend the Holy Week break particularly in the provinces outside Metro Manila are expected to travel back here from Sunday until Monday, April 22.
Banac encourages the public to provide the police with relevant and timely information through social media (Twitter @pnppio and @pnphotline or PNP official Facebook page) and Isumbong Mo Kay OCA text line at 0917-8475757.
The PNP has deployed 91,000 cops nationwide for route security target hardening, and security operations in places of convergence and transportation hubs not only for the Holy Week break but during the entire summer vacation.
Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Major General Guillermo Eleazar said the malls in Metro Manila will be on the top of their priority during the entire summer vacation.
He said the redeployment of the majority of their personnel for the conduct of foot and mobile patrols to the various establishments and places will ensure that not only the tourists but the public in general as well will not be victimized by criminals this summer season.
“With the end of the Holy Week break, we are expecting many tourists coming in to Metro Manila, especially to shopping malls and other places that’s why we shall introduce the enhanced security coverage, including the deployment of additional policemen,” said Eleazar.
However, he said the shift would not affect the security posture on bus terminals, seaports and airports and other places of convergence for the entire summer break.
Eleazar also noted the continuous conduct of police checkpoints as part of security measures for the upcoming May elections. (SunStar Philippines)