The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will be in a full alert status during the duration of the Holy Week on April 14 to 21.
DCPO spokesperson captain Ma. Teresita Gaspan, in Wednesday’s AFP-PNP Press Corps Media Briefing held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, said they are currently in heightened alert but all units will be in full alert status starting April 14 to assure the safety and security of devotees during the Lenten week.
“All systems are set in terms of security plans and preparations,” Gaspan said.
Gaspan said they will deploy seven-man teams in each churches of Davao City and conduct random and regular checkpoints in the tri-boundaries of the city.
“We will provide personnel outside and inside the churches as well,” she added.
During the Lenten period, Gaspan said, police personnel will be deployed in land terminals, seaports and at the airport as well as subdivisions.
“We will provide internal security sa mga areas na identified na naay sightings.”
Gaspan also reminded the public with the “No backpack policy” to avoid hassle during the Lenten week activities.
“We will not allow big bags but instead we recommend to bring small purses enough to carry cellphones and money,” she said.
According to Gaspan, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte suggested to install CCTVs in all worship places in Davao City to upgrade its security service.
Meantime, with less than three weeks to go before the staging of the 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City, the DCPO is already set for the big event.
“We cannot say the exact number of personnel to deploy but it will be the maximum,” she said.
City Administratior Zuleika Lopez, during the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing held on Monday, April 8, the Local Government of Davao (LGU) has allocated P70 million for the hosting with P10 million of which is for the peace and order.