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PNP presses safer holiday seasons, sends additional troops in main streets

MANILA, Philippines – PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez remind anew all police commanders of the operational guidelines and procedures to be undertaken in maintaining order, law enforcement, and in providing public safety services during the Yuletide season especially with the traditional 9-day Misa de Gallo which will start as early as Wednesday dawn, December 16.
Marquez reiterated earlier orders for enhanced security operations before, during and after the observance of the traditional Yuletide Holiday Season (Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) as expected to cause influx of people in shopping mall, churches, transport terminals and other public places.
The Operational Guidelines for “Ligtas Paskuhan 2015” involve police presence, focused law enforcement operations, target hardening, police community partnership and information operations.
The Chief PNP said police presence will be intensified through increased foot and mobile patrol operations and deployment of Route Safety Marshalls in areas and times where and when they are most needed. Police Assistance Hubs will also be established in places of convergence.
Earlier today, Police Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino, the Deputy PNP Chief for Operations, led the deployment of 200 police officers from the PNP National Headquarters and 26 from the PNP Special Action Force for “Patrulya ng Pulis sa Kapaskuhan” in addition to the deployed police troops in the streets by respective police stations to increase police presence and to reduce if not totally eliminate the chances of criminality in a particular area.
Meanwhile, PNP units is also conducting the traditional gun muzzle taping, since yesterday (Dec 14), in line with the intensified efforts of the PNP against illegal discharge of firearms this holiday season.
Even as pre-emptive security operations are underway, the PNP will continue to intensify the campaign against loose firearms, illegal discharge of firearms, and campaign against criminal gangs and personalities supported by the firm implementation of Managing Police Operations, also known as “Lambat-Sibat” Manual, Strict implementation of RA No 7183 (Illegal Manufacture and Sale of Firecrackers and Pyrotechnics) and crime prevention tips.

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.