POLICE are preparing its security measures for Undas 2019 to keep the country safe and this early are calling anew on the public to help them thwart the presence of organized crime groups who may likely increase their activities when Filipinos leave their homes to visit their departed ones in public and private cemeteries nationwide.
PNP Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa asked the public to follow very important tips that could save lives, limbs and properties from criminals or even accidents while traveling in a personal vehicle or a taxi during the forthcoming All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
The PNP-OIC said that with the influx of and movement of people from rural areas to urban centers or vice-versa next week, they are implementing a massive security, traffic and public safety plan.
These include the intensification of the conduct of foot and mobile patrols in areas and during times where their presence is most needed; the establishment of Police Assistance Desks in places of convergence like shopping malls; the deployment of road Safety Marshals; the conduct of more checkpoint operations; and the conduct of joint PNP-Armed Forces interdiction patrols to deter illegal discharge of firearms.
He said important travel safety tips should also be remembered by the public to protect them in their workplaces and their vehicles and ensure their safety while traveling on their way home even as the 170,000-strong police force steps-up its massive security program to ensure the safety and protection of the public.
National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas also warned the public against members of criminal groups known for preying on targets in Metro Manila and other parts of the country during ‘Undas.’
Among these groups are the Salisi Gang, Ipit Taxi Gang, Siksik Gang, Riles Gang, Budol Budol, Sneaky Office Intruders, Condo Criminals and Solicit Gang, he said.
The PNP leadership has reminded the public to be AVA or Be Alert, Vigilant and Accountable to enjoy a safe and peaceful ‘Undas 2019.’’
“We are asking the public to bear in mind that personal accountability for own safety always matter,” PNP spokesman, Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said.
“The cooperation and information from the public will help us prevent any possible crime or threat of terrorism,” he said.
The PNP leadership reminded the public to immediately report to the patrolling police or to the nearest police station any suspicious person or items.
Banac said that as part of their stepped-up security measures, they are maintaining a heavy police presence in places of convergence like shopping malls, piers, bus stations, the MRT and LRT stations, airports, parks and popular shopping areas like Divisoria in Manila and Baclaran in Parañaque City.
The PNP leadership also reiterated the following travel safety tips:
1. If possible, use different doors and gates when departing and entering your home or office.
2. During travel, always fasten seat belts; keep doors locked and windows closed.
3. Pre-plan your route, utilizing main roadways.
4. Conduct a route survey.
5. Use caution if you must use an unpaved short cut during the day.
6. Drive your vehicle at a steady speed and keep a distance from the vehicle in front of you.
7. Turn away if something untoward appears to be taking place ahead the road.
8. Beware of accidents and accident scenes as they maybe ‘faked.’
9. Stay inside your car and observe first. If in doubt, do not get off the car.
10. Be prepared to speed away at the first sign of danger.
11. Be constantly alert to road conditions and surroundings.
12. Be alert on possible surveillance by car or motorcycle riding-in-tandem.
13. Be suspicious of slow-moving heavily-tinted cars and motorcycle riding-in-tandem especially riders wearing heavily-tinted helmets.
14. Know the location of police, hospital, military, government and public facilities or other secured areas along your routine routes.
15. Vary your vehicle routes. Do not set a pattern.