PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa yesterday said they will remain on full alert for the remainder of the Yuletide Season and reiterated his order for the 160,000-strong police force to be on guard against drugs and other crimes as well as indiscriminate firing of guns and illegal manufacture, sale and use of deadly firecrackers and pyrotechnics.
The PNP chief also said they are banking on the support of the general public, local government units and other stakeholders including their partners in the media in achieving their goals to ensure less firecracker-related injuries and other incidents this week.
He also reminded his police commanders to see to it that their maximum presence will be felt on the streets during the New Year festivities. According to Gen. Dela Rosa, all their operational guidelines and procedures should be carried to the hilt by the 18 police regional offices and the different national operating units in order to maintain order and provide public safety services as the country awaits the coming of the New Year.
The top cop earlier ordered enhanced security operations before, during and after the New Year festivities with the expected heavy influx of people in shopping centers, churches, transport terminals and other public places.
According to PNP spokesman, Senior Supt. Dionardo B. Carlos, the Operational Guidelines for Ligtas Paskuhan 2016 involve police presence like the establishment of Police Assistance Desks and deployment of road safety marshals; focused law enforcement operations to include the continuous conduct of PNP Campaign Plan Double Barrel Alpha and the implementation of Republic Act 7183 otherwise known as the law on the illegal manufacture and sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics; target- hardening measures like utilization of force multipliers; and police-community partnership and information operations.
The PNP is also working hand in hand with the Department of Health, Bureau of Fire Protection, and other concerned agencies to eliminate, if not, to help reduce the number of victims and damaged properties due to firecracker-related incident this Yuletide season, Carlos said.
Gen. Dela Rosa has ordered an intensified campaign against loose firearms, illegal discharge of firearms, and campaign against criminal gangs and personalities supported by the Project Double Barrel Alpha, with more focus on the arrest and account of High-Value Target Personalities involved in illegal drugs and progressing towards the Barangay Drug Clearing Strategy of the government.
Along with the celebration, the PNP chief encouraged the public to support and cooperate with the security protocols of the PNP by immediately alerting authorities on the presence of suspicious activities and persons in their neighborhood. He said that any untoward incidents and crime situations should be reported to the police through nationwide emergency hotline 911 or through PNP social media accounts, @pnphotline for twitter or thru the official PNP Facebook account.
ALBAYALDE ORDERS CRACKDOWN VS SALE OF ILLEGAL FIRECRACKERS, PYROTECHNICS
National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Oscar D. Albayalde said he has a major directive for his men this week: strike hard on the sale of illegal firecrackers/pyrotechnics and illegal discharge of firearms to attain zero injuries/casualties during the New Year celebrity.
Albayalde also called on the public to maintain their vigilance this week particularly in reporting the presence of suspicious-looking person, movements and unattended bags and packages in places of huge convergence in Metro Manila.
Gen. Dela Rosa said that the ‘no leave/no break’ policy for all PNP officers and men will continue until January next year with the police also girding up for a number of major events this coming January including the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila which is one of the most important Catholic occasions in the country.
The PNP chief said the move will ensure maximum police presence in their respective units and offices and make them available for patrols to further minimize criminality nationwide during the period.
The PNP is also taking into consideration the possibility that terrorist groups and other criminals may take advantage of the situation to carry out their nefarious activities.
On Friday, the country will be marking the 16th anniversary of the infamous Rizal Day bombings in Metro Manila that killed and wounded scores of people. That terror attack was attributed to the Jemaah Islamiyah.
Gen. Dela Rosa said there will be maximum deployment of policemen to enhance crime prevention and solution and thwart any illegal activities. Apart from that, police will be fully securing all tourist spots to protect foreign and domestic tourists.
The PNP has also stepped up its enforcement of checkpoint operations, saturation drives and gun checks to address the proliferation of illegal drugs, street crimes, motorcycle-riding criminals and other incidents being committed with the use of firearms.
The PNP chief urged the citizenry to immediately report persons firing their guns indiscriminately thru PNP Hotline 09178475757 (for text message) or at PNP twitter account @PNPhotline (for social media reports).
Albayalde said the NCRPO can also be contacted through:
NCRPO 838-3203, text hotlines: 0917-708-1135 or 0917-856-1040, Northern Police District 285-2396 / 285-2838, text hotline: 0917-847-5757, 0905-454-2547, 0916-558-2419, Eastern Police District 641-0171/641-0877, text hotlines: 0915-888-8181/0999-901-8181/ 0917-728-3790, Manila Police District 523-1367 / 523-3378 text hotlines: 0919-995-0976 / 0917-899-2092, Southern Police District 519-5525 / 519-8644 text hotline: 0908-377-0025, and Quezon City Police District at 925-8417/ 0917-840- 3925.
Information can also be relayed thru text hotline 0995-645-1999/ 0919-496-7833 or through social media: Twitter@ncrporeact or Facebook page @ NCRPOReact.