IT’S “all systems go” for the Philippine National Police as it mounts a massive law enforcement and public safety plan to keep peace and order as Filipinos pay their respects to their departed ones during the observance of All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day this week, PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.
“We will be fielding 32,092 police personnel from the Police Regional Offices and National Support Units to perform security and public safety duties this weekend when an estimated 14.6 million Filipinos are expected to troop to 4,677 public cemeteries and memorial parks, and 76 columbaria around the country during this traditional day of remembrance for the departed,” Albayalde told a press briefing at Camp Crame.
Albayalde said all 17 Police Regional Offices and National Support Units will mobilize 86,977 force multipliers from Local Government Units, civic action groups, civilian volunteer organizations and motoring clubs to man Police Assistance Centers (PAC) in providing road assistance and public safety services.
Security coverage will be also laid out in all 83 airports and domestic air terminals, 333 seaports, 808 inland bus terminals, and 59 train stations in different parts of the country to assist travelers, he added.
“The key element in this security operation is police visibility, considering both its crime deterrent and reassuring effect on the public. This is the general guidance to all Police Regional Offices and National Support Units,” he said.
“My outstanding order to all units and personnel is to remain visible at all times along travel routes, transport terminals, public cemeteries and other public places to establish police presence in these areas,” he added.
Albayalde said in Luzon, local police units in the Ilocos-Pangasinan Region, Cagayan Valley Region, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol Region have been directed to establish PACs along the MacArthur Highway, Maharlika Highway, MARILAQUE Highway and Manila South Road to secure the route for motorists and commuters traveling to and from the provinces.
He also alerted his men to be prepared to address possible security and emergency situations in public cemeteries such as missing persons, medical emergencies and accidents, traffic gridlock, over-crowding and congestion, stampede, petty crime, illegal parking and vendors, swindlers impersonating as priests and long-lost relatives, and possession of deadly weapons and prohibited items.
National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Sunday led the surprise inspection of the Manila North Cemetery, the biggest public cemetery in the country to personally observe all police preparations to secure the thousands of people expected to troop to the area.