Yuletide high alert

December 14, 2019

PHILIPPINE National Police Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said that the 195,000-strong police force will be on full alert effective 6 a.m. today to ensure a peaceful and orderly Yuletide.

The full alert will last until January next year.

Gen. Gamboa mobilized 69,335 PNP personnel supported by 157,264 “force multipliers” for law enforcement and public safety operations during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Police will strictly implement the PNP Enhanced Managing Police Operations (E-MPO) Strategy to address safety and security issues and concerns during the period, said PNP spokesman Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac.

The PNP troop deployment plan for “Paskuhan 2019” will cover community firecracker and display zones, assistance hubs, places of worship, commercial centers, road safety points, sea ports, train stations, and airports. Other units will be deployed for anti-criminality operations, anti-motorcycle-riding suspects, and reactionary standby support force, Banac added.

Gen. Gamboa likewise ordered stepped-up police visibility and preventive patrol operations to ensure safety and security of church-goers who will attend the traditional Simbang-Gabi which will start today.

The PNP-OIC instructed all 7  Police Regional Office directors to beef-up the strength of their night shift personnel and redirect mobile and foot patrol operations to maximize police visibility around churches where parishioners gather to attend the traditional nine-day dawn masses or Misa de Gallo ushering in Christmas Day.

“We do not really anticipate major peace and order issues during the Yuletide Season, but, we are deploying more policemen in the field as a crime prevention measure,” Gamboa said.

Local police units were also instructed to coordinate closely with barangay authorities to muster support from village watchmen, citizen volunteers and other force multipliers to prevent illegal drug trade and other forms of criminality and at the same time ensure the strict implementation of the firecrackers law.

Police were also reminded to be on the lookout for common street crimes such as robbery, theft, ‘Akyat-Bahay’ or burglary of unattended residences, mugging, swindling and street gang violence.

He designated area supervisors from the five PNP Directorates for Integrated Police Operations who will conduct unannounced inspection of PNP Units in their areas to determine compliance of field units with their instructions.