DCPO gears up for Kadayawan weekend

INFORMED. Personnel from the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) listen while an officer gives some instructions during a public gathering along Roxas Avenue in Davao City. DCPO director Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum proposed to the City Council the need to hire additional 1,700 police personnel to decrease the current ratio to one policeman per 500 people and to put up additional police stations to further strengthen the security of the city. LEAN DAVAL JR
INFORMED. Personnel from the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) listen while an officer gives some instructions during a public gathering along Roxas Avenue in Davao City. DCPO director Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum proposed to the City Council the need to hire additional 1,700 police personnel to decrease the current ratio to one policeman per 500 people and to put up additional police stations to further strengthen the security of the city. LEAN DAVAL JR

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) is all set for the main celebration of the 34th Kadayawan Festival which begins on Friday, August 16.

DCPO spokesperson Police Captain Ma. Teresita Gaspan, during the AFP-PNP Presscorps media briefing held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on Wednesday, August 14, said the security forces of DCPO is ready for the crowd-drawing activities including the much-anticipated Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan that will cover the areas from Roxas Avenue to Kadayawan Square on Saturday, August 17.

“Kasado na ang security forces nato although we are not just focusing on the event but on all layers including the aerial, naval and ground services,” Gaspan said.

The spokesperson, however, said more than 6,000 personnel were deployed for the month-long event including augmentation from the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11.

The deployment augmentation also included 25 personnel from each Police Provincial Offices of Davao Region as well as police auxillary and forces multipliers among others.

Gaspan shared that they conducted a coordinating conference yesterday with all the security forces involved to finalize the security plans for the upcoming weekend.

“May mga konting fine-tuning nalang but kasado na lahat,” she said.

Recently, the City Government of Davao issued a helpful advisory to the public to keep a hassle-free and safe Kadayawan celebration.

The city government reminded everyone to use hat, fan and umbrellas, and to find shady spots when watching activities under the sun. It is also helpful to bring extra shirt, candies, crackers and water at all times. The city also reminds people to use pedestrian crossing lanes and never to use any types drones without security clearance.

Warnings were also issued on the strong implementation of policies that include prohibitions on smoking, carrying of backpacks/big bags, liquor, bomb jokes, firearms, sharp objects and littering.

The city also issued a warning not to use laser lights, and not to bring infants and small children in congested areas. 

The authorities, meanwhile, advised the public to remove jacket and sunglasses upon entering inspection areas to easily distinguish suicide bombers and wanted persons.