THE Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office (DNPPO) is stepping up its comprehensive security measure to ensure the safety and security of thousands of participants during the staging of the International Youth Fellowship (IYF) in Tagum City.

According to DNPPO provincial director Police Senior Superintendent Alan Manibog said they have begun the deployment of their personnel since last Sunday, April 14.

For the Philippine National Police (PNP), there are 137 policemen; Armed Force of the Philippines (166), Bureau of Fire Protection (12); Tagum City Health Office (12), Presidential Security Group (five) for a total of 486 personnel.

They also have an Interagency Task Group (IATG) for World Youth Camp (WYC) composed of all security units.

The WYC commenced on April 16 in Tagum City. The venues for the event are the E-park, University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), Trade School, and New City Hall.

“Ang mga security preparation natin will also ensure their safety. Meron din tayong deployment of medical team at mga responders ng BFP all under ito sa STG Emergency Preparedness Response under ni City Admin Joevanni Rellon,” Manibog said.

Some 5,000 youth leaders from Philippines, Korea, Japan, Africa, America and other Souteast Asian countries are attending the event, which started on April 16 to 20.