POLICE forces in the entire Western Visayas will be on full alert status this Holy Week to strengthen the security and safety of devotees, motorists, and tourists.

In line with the move, an Oplan Semana Santa was already crafted, said Police Regional Office (PRO) Western Visayas director Isagani Cuevas in a statement.

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Security operations will involve the maximum deployment of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel at the provincial and station levels particularly mobile patrol units and elements along main thoroughfares leading to and from sites of religious activities and summer resorts.

Cuevas opined that it is expected that large number of people coming from different places will be converging in churches, summer resorts and tourist spots throughout the region and that he directed all unit commanders to detail enough police personnel in churches and beach resorts in their respective areas.

He added that all field unit commanders were directed to maintain close coordination with church organizers and other agencies concerned, both government and non-government, to ensure the efficient delivery of public safety services during the Lent season, which will start March 29 to April 4.

He stressed, however, that the public has equal responsibility with the police in the maintenance of peace and order.

“Everyone must be cautious of his or her security and safety”, he said.