4000 to be deployed as security forces for Holy Week

Subscribe Now April 03, 2012 at 08:54am

AROUND 4,000 policemen, soldiers, paramilitary and volunteers will be deployed in Davao City alone to ensure peace an order during the Holy Week celebration. In the weekly Kapihan at SM Davao on Monday, Retired Colonel Magno Adalin Jr., head of the Public Safety Command Center (PSCC), said as part of the Integration of Security and Safety Plan, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio ordered all the security forces to strengthen their safety measures in various areas of the city.

There will be around 3,000 policemen from Davao City Police Office, including additional personnel from Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao Region, 400 from Task Force Davao (TFD), including additional troops from Army’s 10th Infantry Division, 100 personnel from Traffic Management Center, and 500 from PSCC, Coast Guard, civilian volunteers, referred as the force multipliers will be deployed this week.

Adalin said the security forces were directed to coordinate with one another and other concerned government agencies to ensure security in the areas of convergence, vital installations, and tourist destinations.

Retired Colonel Desiderio Cloribel, TMC chief, said there will be no re-routing and that personnel will be all over to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Among the churches under close watch are: Holy Infant Jesus of Prague Shrine, San Pedro Cathedral, San Pablo Parish, Sta. Ana Parish, Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish (Redemptorist Church), Saint Jude Parish, Sacred Heart Parish, Sto. Rosario Church, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Saint Mary’s Parish, Our Lady of Fatima Church, St. Francis de Assisi Parish, Ascension Church, and St. Joseph Parish.

Superintendent Marcial M. Magistrado, PRO-Davao Region spokesperson, earlier said part of the preparation for the Holy Week which extends to the entire summer vacation is Oplan Sumvac (summer vacation), where some streets, bus terminals, and Davao International Airport will have motorists’ assistance centers (MAC). The seaports will be watched by Maritime personnel.

Superintendent Giovanni C. Arellano, chief of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit (RHPU)-Davao Region, earlier said the MAC’s task is to ensure protection for the motorists and visitors in Davao Region.

Among the areas in the region with motorists’ assistance centers are: Nabunturan in Compostela Valley; Digos City in Davao del Sur; Visayan Village, Tagum City; Panabo City in Davao Del Norte; Mati in Davao Oriental; Los Amigos, Tugbok; and Panacan in Davao City.

“Expect that there will maximum deployment of traffic groups in the region,” Magistrado said, adding that aside from the motorists’ assistance, the police will also intensify its foot and mobile patrols in crime-prone areas.

Marcos Norman S. Flores, TFD commander, said their headquarters decided to place Davao City under red alert status, which means the troops are in high alert to thwart any untoward incidents.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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