City on lockdown for Holy Week

THE POLICE and military further tightened their security measures in the different areas in the region on the observance of the Holy Week.

Speaking in yesterday’s AFP-PNP press conference held at Royal Mandaya hotel, Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) XI, said all police stations are already on high alert with the upcoming NPA anniversary on March 29.

The Semana Santa is a yearly tradition being observed by Roman Catholic faithful throughout the country starting March 25 to 31.

Driz said they are expecting an influx of people on churches, retreat houses, inland resorts, and beach resorts.

Personnel of the PRO XI will assist motorist, commuters and general public through mobile patrols and random checkpoints on churches, procession sites, airports, seaports, and tourist destinations. They will also secure residential areas to thwart thieves who may take advantage of the unattended houses.

“The public is reminded to be alert and watchful of any suspicious persons and report immediately to the authorities or police for immediate action,” she said.

Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan, spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said that they are coordinating with the Task Force Davao, City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) and Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) and other operating units for the implementation of the security plan.

“Three layers of security measures will be implemented wherein there are units that will provide security on the processions, then conduct police visibility and patrol and mobile checkpoint within the city,” Gaspan said.

On the other hand, Aiza Yusop, general manager of the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT), also told reporters yesterday that they are expecting more than 1,000 trips a day.

“More or less our passengers will reach at least 60,000 to 70, 000 per day,” Yusop said.

Yusop said before the Araw ng Davao celebration they have already called for a meeting with the security guards and the Task Force Davao personnel assigned at the terminal.

“We have 21 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras that are being installed and K9 units are on standby at the walkthrough (zone) where passengers are checked upon entering the terminal,” she said.

She said met with the bus operators who all assured that they will field enough vehicles to accommodate all passengers.

She said the influx of passengers started since Sunday.

She said only the Mindanao Star for southern areas and Bachelor and Rural Transit for north-bound areas will operate on Holy Friday. “The Metro Shuttle, Norlyn and Yellow Bus Line, and Golden Valley will not run during that day,” Yusop said.

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