LEGAZPI CITY, March 31 – Safety and security during the on-set of the Semana Santa of residents, vacationers and tourists in Bicol has been the concern of the Philippine National Police in the region (PRO5). Now, it has assured their safety by beefing up police forces and intensifying presence.
PRO 5 will be deploying a total of 5,000 PNP personnel during this holy week break with 1,198 assigned in places of convergence such as churches, malls, markets, commercial areas, parks and community centers and major tourist destinations.
A total of 266 PNP personnel in transportation hubs, bus terminals and train stations, 2,901 PNP personnel for route security such as standby points, road safety marshals, traffic management, checkpoint operations, mobile patrol and foot patrol and 635 PNP personnel to be deployed for vital installations and combat operations.
Force multipliers and volunteer groups will also back up the police force such as the 2,556 Barangay Peace Keeping Team/Tanod/Traffic Enforcers, 631 Security Guards and 581 volunteer groups composed of non-government organizations, civil society and communication and radio enthusiasts with a total number of 3,794 volunteers. (PIA report)
“With the total strength of 8,794 composed of PNP personnel and volunteers, PRO 5 is confident that peace and order will be maintained during the duration of the Lenten Season and other activities that will be celebrated this vacation time,” PRO 5 information officer Police S/Insp. Malu Calubaquib said. (PIA)