MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has stepped up security in commercial establishments and public places, such as bus terminals and seaports, for the Holy Week and summer vacation.
PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said they will put up police assistance desks and will designate road safety marshals nationwide.
“Inilunsad na ng Philippine National Police ang ating Ligtas Sumvac 2019 at ipinahayag na rin ni PNP chief General Albayalde ang kahandaan ng buong hanay ng Philippine National Police na tugunan ang seguridad para ngayong Semana Santa at buong summer vacation natin,” Banac said.
Some 8,000 police personnel will be mobilized in different parts of the country.
Banac asked the public to cooperate with authorities.
“Sa atin naman pong force multipliers, security guards sa buong bansa, ang paalala din natin sa kanila dahil nakapaloob sila sa ating supervision at maging mahigpit po sa pagsita ng mga bagahe at dala-dalahin nang sa ganon ay maiwasan na po na magkaroon ng insidente,” he said.
The PNP will also monitor parties held in bars, clubs, and resorts, which could be used to peddle party drugs.
"Babala natin sa mga pusher na ito ay may kalalagyan kayo kapag ginawa niyo pa rin ang mga ilegal na bagay na ito,” Banac said.
The PNP also warned the youth to avoid accepting drinks from strangers, which could be laced with drugs.
Records from the police also show that crimes related to akyat-bahay and salisi increase during summer vacation.
Banac reminded the public to secure their belongings in resorts and restaurants.
“Hindi lang basta natin dapat inilalagay sa mesa o open area,” he said.
Banac also urged the public to refrain from posting their vacation plans on social media.
“Kung maaari kapag tapos na saka natin i-update ang ating social media accounts,” he added.
To report any incident, the PNP may be reached through Twitter, Facebook or ITXT Mo Kay Oca hotline 09178475757.