QUEZON CITY, 16 November (PIA) – Safety of Pope Francis’ visit in the hands of PNP. The forthcoming visit to the country of Pope Francis next year will receive the “whole of government approach” security from the Philippine National Police.
This early, the PNP is making early preparations to ensure the safety of Pope Francis during his much-awaited apostolic visit on January 15-19, 2015.
PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said they will apply the principle of “Whole of Government Approach” and Major Event Security Management Framework in security operations for Papal Visit that will be highlighted by several engagements.
“Extensive security coverage and other public safety services will be undertaken in all areas of engagements and its adjacent areas during the Papal Visit. It is imperative that the security and safety of the Pope be given utmost priority,” said Purisima.
The PNP chief has designated Deputy Chief for Operations Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina as commander for the PNP Special Task Force “Papal Visit 2015.”
Espina will provide strategic direction, monitor and supervise the operations of police units and personnel that will compose the different task groups in the different venues.
Several PNP Task Groups have been organized to provide a wide range of security functions in all areas of engagement.
The PNP will also provide operational support to the Presidential Security Group which is tasked to provide close-in security and safety services to the Pope and His entourage.
“Sustained anti-criminality and internal security operations in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies and concerned local government units are also being conducted,” Purisima added.