PNP units alerted for long Halloween Holiday

The entire 135,000-strong Philippine National Police has been mobilized for general law enforcement and public safety duties in the coming long Halloween weekend holiday. PNP Chief, Director General Raul M. Bacalzo has issued the operational guidelines for security coverage, public safety measures, contingency plans and other support services to be provided by the PNP in the nationwide observance of All Saints’ Day.

PNP LogoThe PNP goes on nationwide Full Alert condition effective October 29 (Friday) to ensure the highest state of operational readiness and maximum availability of personnel and resources for public safety and security operations on All Saints' Day.

Bacalzo ordered all Regional Directors to maintain vigilance in providing security and assistance to motorists and commuters who are expected to travel to the provinces for the traditional national holiday to pay respects to the departed.

The standing order of the Chief PNP to all units and personnel is to “remain visible at all times along travel routes, transport terminals, public cemeteries and other public places to establish police presence in these areas."

The PNP will establish at least one Police Assistance Center (PAC) in every public cemetery or memorial park in cooperation with Local Government Units, civilian volunteer orgnizations, and communication groups, and motoring clubs.

In Luzon, Bacalzo directed police units in the Ilocos-Pangasinan Region, Cagayan Valley Region, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol Region to establish similar PACs along the Mc Arthur Highway, Maharlika Highway, and Manila South Road to secure the route for motorists and commuters traveling to the provinces.

PNP Spokesman, Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., reminded the public to take the necessary precaution when leaving their residences unattended during long holiday.

"To preclude the possibility of criminal elements taking advantage of unattended residences, homeowners must coordinate with barangay or neighborhood authorities for special security arrangements," Cruz said.

Cruz said local police units were also alerted to be prepared to address possible security and emergency situations in public cemeteries such as missing persons, medical emergencies and accidents, traffic gridlock, over-crowding and congestion, stampede, petty crime, illegal parking and vendors, swindlers impersonating as priests and long-lost relatives, and possession of deadly weapons and prohibited items.

The PNP Police Community Relations Group (PCRG) will be circulating flyers in residential communities containing crime prevention tips and public safety advisories when traveling, while on the road, and when in the public cemeteries.

Cruz said these flyers are being distributed in transport terminals, public cemeteries and town centers nationwide.

Source: PNP Public Information Office