‘Oplan Semana Santa’ launched in Bicol, authorities on high alert

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Sorsogon City Police 'under fire'.Photo by BICOLTODAY.com
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LEGAZPI CITY (29-March-2012/PNA)- Civil and military authorities are on high alert as “Oplan Semana Santa” was launched to maintain peace and promote solemnity during the observance of the Holy Week across the region.

“Oplan Semana Santa” is a collaborative undertaking of the elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Army (PA) and various units of the Departments of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to ensure order in various churches, major roads, airports, ports and other critical infrastructures where people flock to observe the Holy Week from April 2 to 8, this year.

Police Supt. Renato Bataller, PNP Bicol spokesman, said the PNP and DOTC will be fielding additional personnel to provide support in manning assistance centers established in various highways, airports, ports, including malls and communication relay stations.

Bataller said Oplan Semana Santa would ensure that no untoward incident happens that would endanger the lives of the people from elements who would like to sow terror during this religious event.

He said check points and assistance centers would be set up to assist motorists and other visitors coming from other places to observe this religious event. It is expected that visitors would be arriving in the various parts of the region this week-long religious observance.

The DOTC in line with their Oplan Sumvac (Summer vacation) will also set up similar assistance centers in major airports to assist incoming and outgoing passengers in the cities of Naga and Legazpi, Masbate and in Virac, Catanduanes.

Security checks would be strictly enforced in bus terminals, major seaports across the region.

The PNP, in close coordination with the Philippine Army (PA), would also deploy personnel to closely watch cell site relay stations and towers in remote villages that are prone to attacks by New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas.

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