Security forces in Mati City, Davao Oriental will implement a strict implementation of non-wearing of caps and non-bringing of backpacks during the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) meet which commence this Sunday.
Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office (DOPPO) Operations head Chief Inspector Neil Richard Regalado said that the said measure being implemented is to ensure the safety of the delegates as well as spectators of the big sporting event in the region.
Regalado encouraged the public to follow the security measures being imposed and cooperate to the authority to avoid hassle on their part.
He also said that the police and the army are now conducting checkpoints on all the entry and exit points of Mati City since last week so that there will be no any untoward incident to happened just like in 2015 when the province hosted the regional sporting event.
It can be recalled that one week before the event in February 2015, the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked Mati City Police Station.
“I can say to the community that it is safe to come here in Davao Oriental,” he said.
Regalado said aside from the checkpoints, there will be security personnel will be deployed in the billeting areas to avoid looting incidents to the athletes’ quarters.
He said a police assistance desk will be mounted in the 21 sporting venues to provide police visibility.
Regalado said his team expects more than 6,000 delegates that will come in the province to compete in DAVRAA.