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LAGING HANDA. The men and women of the Philippine National Police

Pres. Aquino meets with PNP personnel for Holy Week preparations

LAGING HANDA. The men and women of the Philippine National Police
LAGING HANDA. The men and women of the Philippine National Police

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III yesterday met with members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday to go over the security and safety preparations for the Holy Week.

During a command conference at Camp Crame, PNP Chief Alan Purisima informed President Aquino that they are on heightened alert status.

Purisima said the PNP has increased police presence in places of convergence by deploying public safety forces.

“We have heightened security in malls, bus terminals, seaports and airports and we have established police assistant desks in these key establishments,” he said.

He further said the PNP has collaborated with various private agencies for the deployment of marshals at bus terminals and bus stops for the security of motorists and commuters.

“Our police community relations officers have also been intensifying crime prevention awareness measures against burglary and other crimes against property,” he added.

President Aquino is expected to visit bus terminals, airports and seaports to personally oversee the security measures being done by the authorities to ensure an orderly and peaceful Holy Week.

The command conference, which was also attended by Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II, Police Director Leonardo Espina and other ranking police officials, also discussed the Philippines’ hosting of the World Economic Forum next month and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in 2015.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.