DCPO to strictly monitor mosques, churches for Ramadan, Lent season

Muslims attend an afternoon prayer at a mosque in Barangay 23-C Mini forest in Davao City. Muslims in the country are set to start the month-long Ramadhan on March 23. LEAN DAVAL JR.

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will be conducting intensified monitoring of places of worship like churches and mosques in Davao City in time for the religious observations of Ramadan and Holy Week.

The Holy Islamic month of Ramadan started on Thursday, March 23 while the Holy Week will commence on April 2 to 8, 2023.

Police Major Catherine dela Rey, spokesperson of DCPO, told media on Wednesday that they will be deploying police personnel to mosques and churches, particularly the big ones, where large number of devotees will gather.

She said DCPO will deploy police mobile cars to patrol small churches and mosques.

“Kay face-to-face naman ta karon ug wala na’y restrictions mao na ang atoang monitoring sa mosques and simbahan. Naa ta’y ipang post na police personnel sa mga dagko na mga mosque pero katong sa gagmay patuyokan ug mobile patrols. Sa Holy Week, focus namo ang mga simbahan kay ginadumog kung Palm Sunday and then daghan activities kung Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, and Easter Sunday,” dela Rey said during the AFP PNP Press Corps media forum on Wednesday at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.

For Ramadan, DCPO directed the police stations with the presence of mosques in their area of responsibility (AOR) to monitor and patrol, and coordinate with the Imams for concerns.

“Para sa mga Imams, ipaabot sa kapulisan ang inyong mga concerns para mamahatagan ug pagtagad,” dela Rey said.

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