Metro Manila Sets Security Measures for Lent

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Metro Manila Sets Security Measures for Lent


MANILA, Philippines -- Police and local governments in Metro Manila have set in place measures to ensure a peaceful and orderly observance of Holy Week.The Eastern Police District (EPD) Wednesday said that security measures are in place to make sure that the observance of Holy Week in the eastern side of Metro Manila will be peaceful and orderly.Supt. Marner Dasayon, chief of the EPD's District Operations and Plans Division or (D3) said measures aim to ensure the safety and orderly movement of the motorists and commuters heading outside the metropolis for the Lenten season and that homes and properties left behind will be safeguarded.He said as part of the security preparations, Police Stations in the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina and San Juan as well as the District Police Safety Battalion or (DPSB) will undertake the following security measures:1) Deployment of policemen to all bus terminals and other passenger holding areas in coordination with private security agencies and concerned government agencies to prevent any acts of lawlessness by anti-government/terrorist groups or criminal elements;2) Deployment of police patrol cars and barangay tanods to conduct joint police visibility patrols in the barangays and subdivisions to secure residential houses in close coordination with the detailed private security guards, CVO's and other security fores to prevent the occurrence of Akyat-Bahay gangs or looting;3) Increase police visibility and secure the MRT and LRT conveyances and other areas frequented by tourists and travelers or where people usually converge like churches, tourist spots, terminals and other areas;4) Conduct frequent mobile patrol particularly within areas holding the Senakulo/Pabasa;5) Provide assistance to motorists/commuters and the general public by conducting intensified security patrol, providing traffic assistance along major thoroughfares leading to and from sites where people converge for the Lenten and Summer activities;6) Establish Public Assistance Centers (PAC's) in strategic locations where large people converge;7) Place Explosive Ordnance Division/K-9 teams and Emergency Response Teams on standby at their respective headquarters to react to calls of bomb threats and the like;8) Intensify the conduct of patrols, checkpoints operation to deter any groups from conducting any violent acts during the Lenten Season.Chief Supt. Francisco Soria Manalo, EPD district director, said the policemen in the east side of the metropolis will not be allowed to take a break as part of the intensified security plan of the police.No drinking in Manila, pleaseIn Manila, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno called on Manilenos not to indulge in drinking sessions as the whole nation observes the celebration of the Holy Week.He exhorted everyone to spend the week "sacred" instead of resorting to merry-making and drinking sprees which could sometimes spark trouble.Instead, Moreno said the public should devote their time to praying and joining church activities."Minsan lang dumarating ang Semana Santa, sana naman ay gawin natin itong banal at tahimik," said Moreno who met with MPD director Chief Supt. Roberto Rongavilla and station commanders to remind them that they are not allowed to go on leave or day off during the Holy Week.Moreno cited the need to ensure the safety and protection of residents as they flock to churches, parks and malls that will stay open during the week.Meanwhile, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) aired its readiness to provide first aid assistance and ambulance service on major roads for the Holy Week.PRC chairman Richard Gordon asked all PRC chapters to be on standby 24/7 on Holy Week to provide first aid and medical assistance to possible road accidents that may occur. …

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