The government on Friday deployed 3,500 security forces and emergency response personnel to thwart threats and provide safety for around 200 Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) delegates who will be arriving in Bohol this week.
Personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines and other government agencies were deployed from various areas in Bohol, Cebu and Negros Oriental officially through a send-off ceremony.
The event at the San Agustin Church grounds in the town of Panglao was led by Police Regional Office 7 director Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino who was named commander of the task force group for the Asean activity in the province.
It was also attended by Gov. Edgar Chatto, Bohol Provincial Police Office chief Senior Superintendent Felipe Natividad, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander Brigadier General Arnulfo Matanguihan and other local government officials.
The conference, the fourth gathering of Asean delegates in Bohol this year which will be attended by senior officials and ministers of the 10-nation bloc will be held at the Henann Resort in Panglao from November 26 to 30. (rt)