Some 7, 567 members of the Police Regional Office (PRO4A) – Calabarzon comprising the provincial police offices of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon and the Regional Public Safety Battalion, will be deployed for the “Undas 2017” (All Saints Day and All Souls Day) from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.
PRO4A-Calabarzon regional director, Chief Supt. Ma. O Aplasca, directed all personnel in the region to intensify security operations and public safety plans to ensure a secure, safe and orderly observance of this year’s All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
The policemen will be deployed to public convergence zones, transportation hubs and route security.
Some 829 Assistance Hubs (formerly known as Police Assistance Desks or PADs) will be established throughout the region’s 450 cemeteries; 53 main commercial areas; 37 parks and community centers; 60 major tourist destinations; 37 bus terminals; one train station and 14 seaports with four in Batangas and 10 in Quezon.
Aplasca also underscored the need to extend protection and assistance to motorists and commuters who will be travelling to the provinces for “Undas” via the Aguinaldo Highway in Cavite, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in Laguna, Southern Tagalog Access Road (STAR) in Batangas, and other national highways in Rizal and Quezon.
“We will reactivate and implement our public safety services to provide assistance to the general public during this season to address the upsurge of commuters, motorists and travelers in order to prevent congestions, accidents, and other street crimes, especially along routes leading to terminals, churches and cemeteries, major thoroughfares and other places of convergence,” Aplasca said.
“We will also intensify our police visibility to avoid opportunity for criminals to conduct robberies and increase their illegal activities,” he added.
Along with these operational activities, Aplasca reminded the public of safety measures to observe while travelling during these days — avoid wearing jewelry and bringing large amounts of money, and refrain from using expensive gadgets while on the streets or in any public transportation.
He said homeowners who are leaving their houses should inform and coordinate with trusted neighbors or the subdivision security guards.
Those who are travelling on their own should ensure the safety of their vehicles. He said they should remember to check the “BLOWBAGETS”, which stands for Brake, Lights, Oil, Water, Battery, Air, Gas, Engine, Tire and Self.
“While our men and women are deployed to every road to provide security and protection, we appeal to the community to support and cooperate with the security protocols of the police,” Aplasca added.
He also encouraged the public to be vigilant and to report to authorities any suspicious person, activity, and unusual occurrence in public or any untoward incident and crime situation.
They may also report through the PNP CALABARZON Hotlines (PIO) 09194092763/(049) 544-4284; Facebook Page PIO CALABARZON; and Twitter @rpiopro4a. (Roselle Aquino/PNA)