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Community support urged for ASEAN meet hosting

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Bacolod City Mayor and CPOC chair Evelio Leonardia sought the cooperation and support of member agencies in the preparations and hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on March 21-24 duringthe recent regular City Peace and Order Council meeting,
Leonardia gave marching orders to Bacolod City Police Office director PSSupt Jack Wanky to review security preparations and leave no stone unturned to prevent any untoward incident during the city’s hosting of the ASEAN meet.
“In this age and time where terrorism is at its height, and when there are international delegates here, the security of the delegates is of utmost importance. Nothing should and must happen during their stay in Bacolod City,” Leonardia told the police director.
Meanwhile, Wanky said they are at the final stage of their security preparations and structures as well as task groups are already in place including the compliance of their respective requirements.
The police here is also scheduled to conduct table top and simulation exercises in order for them to anticipate their additional needs during the ASEAN hosting.
According to Wanky, this is a dry run from the airport and the different Task Groups will be given different scenarios to address in preparation for the ASEAN. Also, this is to test our communication systems and processes.
“Logistics is one of the major challenges in our preparations but as usual we have to device a system to make do with what we have,” Wanky added.

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.