(Metro news) SPD deploys 1,300 cops for Holy Week

April 12, 2011 1:35 am 

MANILA, April 11 — Firming up plans for the yearly exodus to the provinces during the Holy Week, about 1,300 police personnel will be deployed to secure bus terminals, airport, roadways and other installations in southern Metro Manila as part of the overall security plan of the authorities.

Southern Police District (SPD) Director Jose Arne De Los Santos said the police contingent will be deployed a week before the Holy Week or “Semana Santa” which will start on April 17, Palm Sunday, to April 24, Easter Sunday.

“I have already directed the seven police stations (Makati, Pasay, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Taguig, Pateros and Muntinlupa) to be ready to implement their enhanced anti-criminality and public safety plan for Holy Week. "The security plan includes airports, bus and jeepney terminals, MRT and LRT churches and all other places of convergence and frequently visited destinations by tourists and travelers and commuters within the southern metropolis area,” De Los Santos said.

He said the expected alert peak for his men will be on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday.

Southern Metro Manila served as gateway to southern provinces such as Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Quezon and the Bicol region.

Checkpoints and mobile patrols will also be intensified, De Los Santos said adding that they are also coordinating with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) to help in traffic management and prevent fatal road accidents.

”We are also coordinating with force multipliers such as barangay tanods, civilian volunteers and even private security guards of subdivisions to ensure that no crime will take place while the houseowners are in the provinces,” the SPD chief said.

“These are necessary to prevent any acts of lawlessness to be perpetrated by lawless elements who may take advantage of the Holy Week,“ he added.

For her part, Chief Inspector Jenny Ticson, chief of the SPDs Public Information Office advised the public, especially those who will be traveling for the Holy Week break to be mindful of the following safety tips:

For car owners, bring a safety kit with B-L-O-W-B-A-G (batteries, light, oil, water, brakes, air, gas); bring complete driving documents, including insurance certificates; designated driver should be alert at all times; and avoid one-hand driving or texting while on the wheels and to make sure that doors and windows are properly locked before their houses;

Avoid open invitation to burglars by leaving notes stating house owners are not around; inform trusted neighbor of trip’s departure and return; turn off gas stoves; unplug all appliances, not even leaving the radio to deceive robbers of the unmanned house; don’t leave things like clothes or bikes usually left outside the house. (PNA)

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