CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO- The regional director of the Police Regional Office 1 here has ordered an intensified police operations all over the region to ensure security and safety of its constituents during and after the Christmas and New Year’s celebration.
Police Chief Supt. Roman A. Felix ordered an aggressive implementation of the PRO1’s campaign against illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices to ensure a zero casualty during the merry-making activities.
Felix stressed that his men will go after the illegal retailers/sellers of illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnics and be vigilant against those who are not strictly complying with the safety guidelines.
“I am directing all field commanders to strictly implement the provisions of RA7183 (An Act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices) and to intensify the conduct of security patrols in places of convergence in coordination with other concerned law enforcement agencies, local government units and private security providers,” he said.
He also ordered the taping of the muzzle of the firearms of all police personnel to avoid indiscriminate firing of guns especially during the New Year’s revelry.
Felix likewise reminded the public to be cautious in using firecrackers and fireworks to prevent accidents. “There are still alternative ways of making the holiday season loud and merry other than these pyrotechnic devices that pose risks to health and public safety”, Felix added.
The regional director likewise said that police presence will be intensified especially in places of convergence aside from establishing police assistance centers (PAC).
He further emphasized that aside from intensified police presence, PRO1 will continue in its campaign against loose firearms, campaign against criminal gangs and personalities to include the implementation of OPLAN “Bakal”, OPLAN “Sita” and other police intervention operations.#