MANILA, Philippines - The Southern Police District (SPD) Tuesday said anti-criminality measures have already been in place to ensure that the celebration of the Yuletide Season in the southern part of Metro Manila will be peaceful and orderly.
Senior Superintendent James B. Bucayu, acting SPD chief, said he has directed Superintendent Victor Loares, the chief of the SPD Operations Division, to focus its security preparations for the Yuletide Season to ensure the safety of the people who are gearing up for the holiday rush.
He explained that although plans had already been prepared since last September, there is still the need to update the operational guidelines on the conduct of security coverage, public safety measures, and other police services to ensure the maintenance of peace and order at the various shopping malls, transport terminals, and other places where shoppers converge during the holidays.
"Aside from the merrymaking for the upcoming holiday season, we cannot discount the possibility that the entire Southern Metropolis area will also experience some social and crime problems that are usually associated with increased number of people on the streets, and with the increasing economic activity," Bucayu said.
"To address such problems, Superintendent Loares has been directed to compare notes on the previous security concerns and issues of the past Yuletide celebrations for us to fine-tune further our security coverage," he said.
According to Bucayu, anti-criminality measures, traffic management, direction and control, and other related police operations must be instituted in close coordination …