Over a thousand police personnel and force multipliers have been deployed since Monday to secure the places of convergence for the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day when Boholanos pay homage to their departed loved ones at cemeteries.
At least 1,002 force multipliers complement 915 personnel that the Philippine National Police has deployed to 562 areas of concerns the two-day Oplan Kalag-Kalag.
P/Supt. Jonathan Satentes, BBPO operations officer, assured that 733 barangay tanods or members of theBarangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs), 170 security guards and 99 coming from non-government organizations or civic organizations will be there to complement the police force in securing the areas of convergence.
Satentes also said 524 police personnel are deployed to churches and cemeteries, 52 to bus terminals, 20 to seaports, 12 to the airport, 90 to major tourist destinations, 106 to vital installations, and 24 to malls
BPPO identified 65 churches, 188 cemeteries, 12 bus terminals, 11 seaports, 12 major tourist destinations, 100 vital installations, and nine malls to watch over during the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
BPPO also assigned 87 personnel to compose 28 teams of road safety marshals.
Sector supervisors have also been assigned to oversee the security operations in the entire province.
P/Supt. Lorenzo Batuan has been assigned as sector supervisor for the first district, while P/Supt. Jonathan Satentes takes charge of second district, and P/Supt Ali Baron oversees the third district.
Composing Batuan’s team are SPO1 Milbert Ay-ad and two personnel from the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC).
Satentes’ team includes SPO1 Dennis Apor and two PPSC personnel, while Baron’s team includes PO3 Anthony Peter Tano and two PPSC personnel.
Satentes said the BPPO will “undertake public safety services and provide assistance to motorists, commuters, and the general public”.
They will also “conduct intensified motorized security patrols, beat patrols, and traffic management to ensure the safe travel of motorists and vacationists along the main thoroughfares and at domestic airport, seaports, and land transport terminals”.
For contingency, the BPPO encourages coordination with local government units or the local chief executives, while traffic and medical assistance hubs are incorporated with PADs.
Meanwhile, the BPPO wrapped up the security posting for the three-day 9th ASEAN Forum on Taxation–Working Group Meetings held at Bellevue Resort in Doljo, Panglao on October 23-25 “with zero untoward incident”.
Police Provincial Director Felipe Natividad said that BPPO “did not fail the sizable and challenging task directly delegated to them by the PNP National Operations Center, Camp Crame, as it succeeded in optimizing all its available resources especially with regards to vehicles and PNP personnel coming solely from the BPPO”.
BPPO accomplished their task in coordination with the AFP, Maritime, Coastguard, Emergency Response Team (EPR) and the provincial government, according to Natividad.
“While accomplishing this, the BBPO likewise notes a drop in the crime incidents in the province, signifying among others that under the circumstance, the BPPO consistently remained efficient and steadfast in their duties to maintain the peace and order, while securing all ASEAN visiting delegates, consistent to its commitment of delivering high standard public service at all times,” according to Natividad.