CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) director Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu recently ordered the placing of the entire police in the region under heightened alert to augment the route security, traffic management and preventive patrol operations in the four Region 1 provinces in anticipation of this year’s Holy Week and summer vacation.
Bucayu said that hundreds of uniformed men, including route safety marshalls, have been deployed and are manning police assistance hubs and checkpoints established in main thoroughfares and in various tourist destinations in Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte in which the influx of visitors and local folks are expected.
“Our police personnel are now deployed and ready to assist the motorists and tourists coming in to our region for the Holy Week. Likewise, assistance centers were set up in every municipality and all police stations are on the round-the-clock duty. Emergency Response Teams and Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives (MASCO) were also activated,” PCSupt Bucayu stressed.
He stated that continuous coordination with various stakeholders, local government units and non-government summer assistance organizations is being conducted to closely monitor, oversee and ensure the successful implementation of the said operation, dubbed “Implan Semana Santa/Sumvac 2012.”
“The yearly observance of Holy Week and summer vacation is a time when we expect heavy traffic jams in our thoroughfares, congestion in catholic churches during ‘visita iglesia,’ commercial centers, shopping malls, public markets and other points of convergence. Hence, we need to step up our peace-keeping efforts to ensure the safety and security of the community,” explained the regional director.
“Even our beaches are expected to be full of local and foreign tourists, and we prepared for this by organizing and deploying Baywatch Teams to conduct beach patrol and other public safety services,” Bucayu added.#