A TOTAL force of 135,000 will secure All Saint’s Day and All Souls’ Day.
PNP-Public Information Office (PIO) chief Brig.Gen. Bernard Banac said aside from the 35,000 men from the PNP earlier announced, 99,716 volunteers from different sectors will help secure this year’s Undas.
Among these volunteers were from Bureau of Fire Protection ( BFP) medics, rescue groups, bantay bayan and village watchmen or Barangay Tanod.
Banac said all in all at least 135 ,000 forces from the PNP, civilians and force multupliers will help each other to ensure safety and peaceful observance of Undas this year.
Banac explained the 35,000 PNP forces will be present 24 hours from October 30 to November 3, 2019 while civilian volunteers will be present in their assigned areas in the morning and evening.
Banac said civilian volunteers need to rest, he pointed out.
These forces will be deployed to public and private cemeteries as well as bus terminals, airports and seaports.
As of press time, Banac said the PNP had not monitored any security threat to the celebration of the twin holidays.
The PNP spokesman however reminded the public to be vigilant and alert for any possible situation.
He also asked them to immediately report suspected threat and suspicious persons to the police.
Exodus by sea
The Philippine Coast Guard yesterday reported some 72,058 outbound passengers at sea ports all over the country, four days ahead of the observance of All Saints’ Day.
The figure was released under the PCG’s OPLAN BIYAHENG AYOS: #Undas2019, which is a yearly undertaking by the agency to prevent sea accidents during special occasions.
With Hector Lawas