LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 29 (PNA) -- All units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the Bicol region have been put on heightened alert two days before observance of All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on Nov. 2, said a top official of the Bicol police.
Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe, acting director of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) based here in Camp Simeon Ola, said this is part of Bicol police’s preparations to ensure the safety of the public who will troop to cemeteries to pay respects to their departed loved ones.
He said since Wednesday all police units have been assigned in all areas, where the public are expected to gather, such as bus terminals, seaports, airports, malls, plazas and churches.
Buenafe said they have established police assistance and monitoring desks in all strategic areas in the region.
He said on midnight of Oct. 31 the heightened alert will be upgraded to full alert status wherein all police officers will maximize their presence in the areas where people converge and even along highways.
Buenafe has appealed to the community to be more vigilant for their own safety and to take precautions before leaving their homes.
“They should always remember that crime exists everywhere and no one knows when perpetrators will attack,” he said.
Buenafe said PRO5 would deploy its personnel on Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 in city and municipal police stations to augment the local police in maintaining peace and order, especially within and in the periphery of cemeteries.
Meanwhile, police officials in the region conducted an aerial survey of Albay province on Saturday morning to find out the real situation in cemeteries amid the rains that occurred in the past days.
The police officials were composed of Senior Supt. Antonino Cirujales, Albay provincial police office (PPO) director; Chief Insp. Arthur Gomez, chief of investigation division Albay PPO; and Sr. Insp. Ma.Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson.
Cirujales said the police were making preparations not just for security purposes but also for possible disasters. (PNA) RMA/JH/ssc