The Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) continued efforts to tighten security measures in Bohol for the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings held in the province in April.
According to BPPO spokesman Senior. Insp. Vincent Dumaguing, policemen have started to conduct inspections at hotels and resorts particularly those in Panglao where the top-level meetings will be held.
Several police units have also been tasked to secure specific areas which will be visited by the ASEAN delegates.
Meanwhile, police officers have started to draft a security plan for the meetings which will be submitted to the Police Regional Office 7.
This will determine the readiness of the BPPO and if their forces are enough to implement the security plan, said Dumaguing.
Bohol is among a few provinces chosen to host several meetings which will be conducted leading to the ASEAN Summit.
A Local Organizing Council which is in constant coordination with the ASEAN National Organizing Committee has been formed to lead preparations for the three-day event which will draw around 300 delegates from the 10-nation bloc.
The Philippine Army’s 47th Infantry Battalion under the command of Lt. Col. Dodjie Belloga Jr. is among the local councilâ€™s members which has been tasked to also provide security during the meetings. (Rey Tutas)