Police tighten security measures for Holy Week

Subscribe Now April 19, 2011 at 03:31pm

THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has intensified security measures as Dabawenyos observe the Holy Week. Senior Superintendent Rene O. Aspera, DCPO chief, said police units have been deployed to set up checkpoints on roads, especially near air and sea ports.

He said police will be augmented by personnel from Task Force Davao (TFD) and Traffic Management Center (TMC) in monitoring and guarding every church, especially at Shrine Hills and San Pedro Cathedral where a lot of devotees are expected to gather for religious rituals.

Uniformed policemen will also be deployed in populated areas like malls and parks.

Other personnel from DCPO and TFD with the Philippine Coast Guard are deployed to set up checkpoints, while the City Environment and Natural Resources Office will be around to maintain cleanliness in the city.

Holy Week, otherwise known as Semana Santa, is a religious celebration in the Philippines with Filipino Catholics attending religious services and spending time with the families. Others would go for the beach.

"Halos magpenitensya lahat niyan, yung iba naman nasa bakasyon, at trabaho naman namin mga kapulisan ang bantayan yung ating seguridad. We're on full alert palagi," Aspera said, adding the public should also be vigilant.

Earlier, DCPO spokesperson Superintendent Antonio Rivera said they have requested 100 personnel from the Regional Management Group to augment city policemen in providing security measures for the Holy Week.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

« Duterte, 5 others off the hook for graft Over 20 missing, 3 dead in Philippine landslide »