CPPO: Security plan for Holy Week 2021 already set
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Despite enjoying relatively relaxed quarantine protocols, Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) director Alladin Collado said that all security measures are already in place to ensure the safety and security of Cebuanos this Holy Week 2021.
Collado said that a tightened security detail will be implemented all over the province from March 28 to April 3 in line with the protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
Special attention will be on areas that are expected to be visited by devotees.
Collado mentioned that they are looking at two main concerns, safety and security of the area and the people.
Further, he said that they will be enforcing their frequent Reccorida together with the police-community relations officer to remind the people about the minimum health protocols set by the IATF. Apart from that, they also coordinated with the religious groups so that there will be a uniform implementation of health protocols. He added that apart from safety, they will also be conducting checkpoints to ensure the security of the devotees who will visit the province to observe Holy Week.
“Hindi lang tayo magbabantay sa komunidad, kasama din yan ang kalsada natin dahil inaasahan natin ang pagdagsa ng mga nasa city papunta sa kanilang mga probinsya para magnilay-nilay at mag observe ng spirit of Holy Week…pupunta sa mga places of activities ng simbahan natin at yung iba ay maaring sasalamantahin nila ang pagbabakasyon.”
(We won’t only try to secure the community, but we will also secure our roads because we are expecting several devotees from the city to go to the province to observe Holy Week…those who will go to churches and those who will arrive for a vacation.)
They believe that even at the holiest week of the year, there will always be people who will take advantage of the situation. That scenario is what they are trying to avoid.
“Ang checkpoint ay maraming aspeto, static checkpoint, and mobile checkpoint. However, this two help ensure safety and security. ” (A checkpoint has different aspects, it could be a static or a mobile checkpoint. However, this two help ensure safety and security. )
“Ganun paman, ay inutosan natin ang ating mga kapulisan na bantayan ang mga kalsada, bantayan ang komunidad, at ang lugar kung saan magtitipon-tipon ang mga tao para manalangin. At inatasan ko sila na ipatupad ang alituntunin natin kagaya ng pagpaalala sa mga kababayan ng minimum health protocols natin at pagsusuot ng mga protective gears against the virus.”
( Regardless, I already ordered our police force to check the roads, the community, and other places that devotees visit to pray. I also commanded them to implement minimum health protocols and the wearing of protective equipment against the virus.)
Regarding the plans to augment the security forces to different areas of Cebu province, Collado said that they will hold a meeting to see if there’s a need for the deployment of forces for Holy Week 2021.
However, he said that if there’s a necessity for this, they will just request from the region. He further assured Cebuanos that security is manageable in Cebu province. /rcg
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