Days before All Saint’s Day on Friday, Nov. 1, and All Soul’s Day on Saturday, Nov. 2, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is placed on full alert to ensure the availability of all personnel and resources for law enforcement and public safety operations during the holidays.
“Under Full Alert condition, all leaves by PNP personnel are cancelled to guarantee 100% presence of personnel to perform police functions,” PNP Officer-in-Charge PLGen. Archie Gamboa said during a press conference on Monday, Oct. 28.
Gamboa said that the PNP will field more than 35,000 police personnel from police regional offices and national support units to ensure the security and safety over 15 million Filipinos that will travel to 4,677 public cemeteries and memorial parks, and 76 columbaria all over the Philippines during the holidays.
Police regional offices and national support units will also mobilize more than 99,000 force multipliers from local government units, civic action groups, civilian volunteer organizations and motoring clubs to man police assistance centers that will provide road assistance and public safety services.
PNP will also provide security to all 83 airports and domestic air terminals, 333 seaports, 808 inland bus terminals, and 59 train stations in the Philippines.
“The key element in this security operation is police visibility, considering both its crime deterrent and reassuring effect on the public. This is the general guidance to all Police Regional Offices and National Support Units,” Gamboa said.
“My outstanding order to all units and personnel is to remain visible at all times along travel routes, transport terminals, public cemeteries and other public places to establish police presence in these areas,” the PNP official added.
Gamboa also told police to be prepared to address any possible security and emergency situations in public cemeteries such as incidents of missing persons, medical emergencies, traffic gridlock, over-crowding and congestion, stampede, petty crime, illegal parking and vendors, swindlers impersonating as priests and long-lost relatives, and possession of deadly weapons and prohibited items.
Meanwhile, the PNP assured the public that they have not monitored any threats of terrorist activities for the holidays.