Police assistance centers now ready to serve Baguio summer visitors

March 4, 2012 12:57 pm 

BAGUIO CITY, March 3 – The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) has put up several police assistance centers in all frequently visited areas here in anticipation of the arrival of hundreds of visitors coming for their summer vacation and other activities.

Senior Superintendent David Lacdan, BCPO chief, said the measure is part of the police's contribution to the "O-Plan Summer Vacation" (SUMVAC) of various government agencies in the area to further promote Baguio's tourism industry.

Lacdan disclosed that the assistance centers proved helpful in the increase of visitors here during the main events of the recent flower festival not only in directing traffic but also in the implementation of the gun ban.

Authorities implemented a gun ban during the street dancing and float parade to prevent any act of violence considering the mammoth crowd gathered for the annual festivities here.

"Two violators of the gun ban were arrested by the operatives from our assistance centers. The elements also helped in giving information and other forms of assistance during the period," said Lacdan.

On the other hand, several civic groups, including the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), are about to set up motorist assistance centers all the way towards Manila in order to properly assist motorists going to or returning from Baguio City.

This form of assistance has been given through the years since the "SUMVAC" was implemented by various government agencies. (PNA) scs/AAG/AAGalacgac

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