Capitol, City Hall beef up security

SECURITY were tightened both at the Capitol building of Negros Occidental and at the Bacolod Government Center following the terror threat in the wake of the bombing in Davao City last Friday.

Venchito Magalona, head of the Provincial Capitol Security, said the intensified security in the premises of the Capitol building was prompted by online reports that Bacolod City will be targeted next by a terror group.

He said that additional security personnel were deployed to secure the government building.

He added that bags of those coming in the building are being inspected at the entrance.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. had called on the public to stay vigilant and be alert in their surroundings.

Senior Superintendent Flynn Dongbo, acting director of Bacolod City Police Office, said there’s no truth to the rumors, however, he advised the public to remain vigilant and report any unusual activity or suspicious people to the authorities.

He added that the police have intensified their presence and checkpoint operations in public places.

In Bacolod, Mayor Evelio Leonardia ordered tightened security inside the Bacolod Government Center.

Executive Assistant Celestino Guara, cluster head on peace and order, said Leonardia instructed him Sunday night to step up security measures in the building.

He said the Public Safety Personnel Office personnel were tasked to inspect the clients bags at the entrance – one in front and another one at the back of the building.

Guara added that they are coordinating with the policemen assigned at the Government Center to intensity visibility patrol especially during night time.

Leonardia also ordered the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office to review the disaster response plan.

Executive Assistant Jose Maria Vargas said they are on Alert Level 2 to monitor various areas in the city.

He said he will coordinate with other responding teams like Amity, Chamber, and Red Cross to help them in case of emergency incidents in Bacolod.

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