MANILA (DWDD) – The National Capital Region Police Office will deploy 9,533 police personnel on October 29, 2106 until November 2, 2016 to secure different areas of interest, cemeteries, bus terminals, airports and seaports, churches and places of worship, tourist destinations, vital installations and places of convergence.
The NCRPO is also coordinating with other government agencies and counterparts like Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Metro Manila Development Authorities (MMDA), Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), Local Government Units and Volunteer Groups to serve as augmentation and force multipliers to ensure a safe, secure, orderly and “zero” incident observance of UNDAS 2016.
Albayalde ordered all District Directors, Chiefs of Police and Station Commanders closely coordinate with other agencies and intensify their intelligence and counter-intelligence operations to pre-empt any act of criminality.
The deployment will include Road Safety Marshalls in strategic areas along the routes to and from cemeteries and other areas of convergence to provide immediate police and security assistance to public. Beat Patrollers and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts will secure community key areas, places of convergence, vital and financial installations to pre-empt terroristic activities.
Albayalde cited the Manila Police District (MPD) as example where UNDAS 2015 observation had been generally peaceful with zero criminal incident recorded over 2,181,070 crowd estimate visiting the four biggest cemeteries in the region: Manila North Cemetery, oldest cemetery in Metro Manila with an average area of 54 hectares, Manila South Cemetery which measure 25 hectares, La Loma Cemetery and Chinese Cemetery.
Albayalde emphasized the strict implementation and monitoring on the prohibition of bladed weapons, flammable materials, liquors, wine and other alcoholic beverages, gardening tools, deadly buckles, loud speakers and gaming cards inside the cemeteries to preserve solemnity and peace in the place.
On the other hand, Albayalde solicits the public’s cooperation and support. He reminded the public to be alert and vigilant against any suspicious persons and activities and encouraged them to report immediately to the established Police Assistance Desks in 99 cemeteries and nearest police stations.
He also reminded those who will travel to the provinces to secure their respective homes, unplug electrical appliances and make sure that all points of entry are locked. Motorists travelling to the provinces are also reminded to check their vehicles’ “blowbagets” (battery, light, oil, water, brakes, air, gas, engine, tire and self) condition before embarking on a trip. Traffic Rerouting Scheme will be advised on October 29, 2016. “Magtulungan po tayo para sa isang ligtas, maayos at mapayapang paggunita ng UNDAS 2016,” Albayalde stated.