POLICE augmentation from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao have started to arrive in Cagayan de Oro City to assist local police in ensuring safe, peaceful and successful conduct of Higalaay Festival’s month-long activities.
Police Major Evan Vinas, spokesperson of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), said the police force augmented from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) will be deployed in the streets for police visibility and in every Higalaay Festival activity.
The city government already released the schedule of activities for the entire month of August in celebration of the Feast of St. Augustine, the city’s patron saint.
“Hinay-hinay nan nangabot ang atong augmentation gikan sa regional headquarters ug i-orient na sila sa matag activity,” Vinas said.
PRO-Northern Mindanao has approved the request of Cocpo for augmentation and additional 150 personnel every core activity.
Vinas also said Cocpo will no longer entertain application for leave of absence as the entire police force will be utilized for the Higalaay Festival.
“Wala nay gi-entertain nga leave kay i-utilize tanan police,” Vinas said.
Vinas said policemen were ordered to conduct strong checkpoints and security inspections to ensure lawless elements could not strike in the city.
He also said personnel from different police units and station will make the rounds through all areas of convergence such as malls, terminals, among others.
Authorities remind the public to follow the prohibitions every activity.
“Ato lang gihapon pahimangno sa atong mga kaigsoonan nga sundon lang gihapon tong mga gibawal matag activity sama sa kalo, backpack, dili pagsuot sa sunglasses ug uban pa,” Vinas said.