The National Capital Regional Police Office will start its full deployment of more than 11,800 uniformed personnel on Wednesday, Mar. 28.
The NCRPO will also be augmented by 413 units from the Joint Task Force NCR of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
According to PDIR Oscar Albayalde, director of the NCRPO, the police and the augmentation forces will be monitoring bus terminals, places of covergence, open malls, churches, and other vital installations.
The said units will also be used for checkpoints and for ‘Oplan Sita’.
The NCRPO chief also calmed the worries of the public upon seeing armed soldiers and insisted that they will only be augmentations for the security of the National Capital Region.
“Meron checkpoint operations at meron din mga Oplan Sita at makakita sila ng mga sundalo na may baril. Huwag silang matakot, augmentation natin iyan para sa seguridad na rin natin.” Alabayalde
Albayalde also clarified that they have not monitored any terror threats this Holy Week, but they continue to monitor critical areas and suspected hide-outs of threat groups.
“Wala tayong nakukuhang any terror threats, as of this time.” Albayalde insisted. “Patuloy yung ating pag-momonitor sa mga sinasabi nating critical areas, lalo na yung mga posibleng pinagtataguan ng mga miyembro ng threat groups.”
The police official also assured vacationers that their vacant houses will be guarded by the police, along with force multipliers which include patrolling village officials.
“Katuwang natin diyan yung mga force multipliers natin, lalong-lalo na yung mga barangay officials, sa pagpapatrolya doon sa mga bahay, o sa mga subdivision, na iiwanan ng ating mga kababayan.” Albayalde promised.
Albayalde reported that during the 2017 Holy Week, there have been 20 incidents of ‘akyat-bahay’ or robberies.