Bahay Pangarap ready for P-Noy

July 30, 2010 12:05 pm 

MANILA, July 29 — The Bahay Pangarap is now ready to accommodate President Benigno S. Aquino III any moment he decides to take up residence within the Malacanang compound, the head of Palace guards said Thursday.

Presidential Security Group (PSG) chief Colonel Ramon Mateo Dizon said the PSG has started strengthening security around Bahay Pangarap, which was included in the plan along with the renovation.

“So, as far as I know, by this weekend, we will be ready whenever the President wants to transfer. And that date is up to the President,” Dizon told Palace reporters in a news conference in Malacanang.

Dizon said they have not only “hardened” the security of the house itself, but the security systems that were placed within the area.

“The security operating procedures have always been strict in that area because that is where the President usually plays golf. So, now that the President has decided to transfer to Bahay Pangarap, we have tightened our security systems in the area,” he said.

Part of the security arrangements, Dizon said, is the strengthening of procedures at the checkpoints and limiting access to the area.

Dizon said they have requested the Coast Guard to strengthen the security systems along the river, although these security systems have been in place even during the time of Mrs. Aquino, the President’s mother.

“This is more or less a review of the (security) systems and making sure that these are being followed,” he said.

Dizon assured that the PSG will try not to limit the traffic in Pasig River, being a transportation hub used by a lot of people for commerce.

He said minor changes were made in the Bahay Pangarap like adding rooms for the household, and for the security personnel who will stay with the President. One room was also constructed for the President’s guests.

Asked about the concern on the overflowing of Pasig River, Dizon said: “During Ondoy, one step was left. So, there’s no concern on flooding.”

The late President Manuel Quezon built Bahay Pangarap as a recreational Park for the President of the Philippines. (PNA)

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