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Cagayan Valley police assure safety in Holy Week, summer

SANTA PRAXEDES, Philippines- Cagayan Valley police assured “maximum deployment” of police officers to ensure safety and security during Holy Week and until the summer months.

In a press release, Police Regional Office 02 (PRO2) Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino said police presence will be intensified through increased mobile patrol and checkpoints.

The police will also put up police assistance desks and centers in areas of public influx.

Espino said this directive under Oplan Ligtas SumVac 2018 aims to stop criminals who might take advantage of the observance of Holy Week.

Ligtas SumVac is implemented on Friday, March 23 until Wednesday, June 13.

Espino has also directed all police units to coordinate with local government units, non-government organizations, other government agencies and volunteer groups to deploy road safety marshals “for a collaborative and unified delivery of public safety services.”

“During these significant activities, it is expected that the movement of the people can cause traffic congestions and vehicular accidents along major thoroughfares, business and commercial canters, and recreational areas,” Espino said.

“Criminals, especially burglars, pickpockets, thieves, robbers, criminal groups, and other threat groups usually take advantage of these situations by engaging in criminal and nefarious activities,” he added.

The regional director also advised the public to observe precautionary measures from criminals.

Espino also said in the press release that force multipliers will “beef up” police efforts in providing security in public places and tourist destinations regionwide. Northernforum.net

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