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NCRPO steps up preparations for “Ligtas Paskuhan 2022” security

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In order to ensure public safety during the Yuletide season, the head of the National Capital Region Police District Office (NCRPO) has instructed its five district directors to tighten security around churches and residential areas as the yearly “Simbang Gabi” (dawn masses) is set to begin on Friday.

The Northern Police District (NPD), Southern Police District (SPD), Eastern Police District (EPD), Quezon City Police District (QCPD), and Manila Police District (MPD) are the five districts covered by the NCRPO.

Dec. 16 marks the beginning of the customary nine-day dawn masses, which will end on Dec. 24. Maj. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, the head of the NCRPO, has ordered the police to maintain high police visibility around Metro Manila’s churches due to the anticipated flood of people attending the “Simbang Gabi” or “Misa de Gallo.”

“We cannot afford to miss out on this significant Filipino custom. Due to our current S.A.F.E. (Seen, Appreciated, and Felt) NCRPO policy, wherein our people are awake even during the most unholy hours of the day, we don’t have many worries about our security planning and implementation. In a statement released on Wednesday, Estomo stated, “We are prepared to resolve any security issue that could potentially ruin this event. This order is in keeping with the Philippine National Police’s “Ligtas Paskuhan 2022” program.

He claimed that more than 13,000 people were stationed around the city, including in public markets, malls, houses of worship, main thoroughfares, and other spots where people congregate. To cover different elements of the police operation, increase police presence, and respond to other essential actions for an orderly, pleasant, and safe holiday season, this began on December 1 of last year.

Near the church entrances, Police Assistance Desks (PADs) was also set up so that they could respond quickly to any emergency or undesirable situation.

Estomo urged the Metro police to stay out in the field as much as possible to deter crime and terrorism and to keep working together and being open with one another for greater cooperation.

“Let’s not forget to express thanks to God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us despite everything we have experienced this year. May we continue to be the conduit for the blessing of peace in the upcoming year by protecting Metro Manila’s citizens from all forms of injustice and criminality, added Estomo.

To protect the security of citizens and churchgoers, PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. issued an order requiring full alert status beginning on December 16.

“Full alert will begin on Friday, in time for Simbang Gabi’s opening. I’ve told our police officers to be present at churches during Simbang Gabi. They ought to be noticeable so that our citizens can quickly summon police assistance if necessary. At the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Azurin told reporters that they should be prepared and available at all times.

Azurin claimed that he had previously told police units to increase their visibility in busy places like malls.

Police officers are permitted to take a holiday break, according to Azurin, but they should be prepared to respond at any time if their services are required.

The head of the nation’s police force said, “We will compel our staff to disclose their presence when they are on vacation to the nearest police station so that they can assist if police reaction or further police assistance is required in that region.

Col. Jean Fajardo, a PNP spokesman, stated that after the dawn mass, people may go to churches, malls, and restaurants where police visibility will be boosted.

Fajardo stated that the PNP commander wants a sufficient number of officers to be assigned to patrol the area around churches.

Because of the anticipated increase in travelers over the season, more police officers will be stationed in transportation hubs, according to Fajardo.

She claimed that there was no “serious or realistic threat” to the Yuletide season that the PNP had been keeping an eye on.

Fajardo added, “But of course, we are not going to be complacent,” and police units would be prepared to deal with any threat.

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