Police remind residents to secure houses on Holy Week vacation

By Morexette Marie B. Erram |April 17,2019 - 03:21 PM

Police officers of Central Visayas gather at the Central Office for Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde’s first visit in Cebu on June 15, 2018. CDN FILE PHOTO

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Police in Cebu City advised residents to ensure that their houses are locked and secured from any unwanted elements if they plan to spend the Holy Week and summer vacation outside the city.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Operations Branch Chief, made this advisory as there will be less people expected to stay in Cebu City for the rest of the week.

Make sure that your houses are secured because thieves have the time to break in and enter your houses, especially when they notice that the house is empty. If possible, have your neighbours check your house while you are away or set up a burglar alarm,” said Parilla.

Meanwhile, Parilla assured the public that CCPO has enough personnel to respond to any situation that may arise during the Holy Week, and to ensure peace and order in the city during the Holy Week.

He added that at least two squads from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been added to the security force to heighten security in areas, where people are expected to gather in observance of  the Lenten season.

“We hope and we expect a peaceful and orderly Holy Week,” Parilla said.

On the other hand, the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) deployed at least 100 policemen to different parts in the province during a ceremonial send-off today, Wednesday (April 17) at their headquarters  in Camp General Maxilom in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.

“They will serve as augmentation force for our selected police stations,” Police Colonel Manuel Abrugena, CPPO director, said in a text message sent to reporters today, April 17.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be on full alert status throughout the observance of the Holy Week, the National Youth Day, and for the May 13, 2019 midterm elections.

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