LEGAZPI CITY, 30Oct2013 (PNA) – After a peaceful and successful conduct of the barangay elections in Bicol, the Police Regional Office 5 is now focusing on preparation for the “Oplan Kaluluwa 2013” for the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, PRO5 director, said personnel in the six provinces of the region are on full alert status up to Nov. 5.
Deona said he directed his men to conduct maximum security coverage and public safety services.
He added that he ordered full security along the Maharlika Highway from Daet, Camarines Norte, to Matnog, Sorsogon.
The PRO5 official asked his men, especially in the provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate, to continue to be on constant alert and maintain the smooth flow of traffic in going inside and from the cemeteries.
He also ordered the setting up of public assistance centers in seaports, airports, bus terminals, markets, malls, churches and other populous areas.
Deona said the additional men he had fielded in the six provinces of the region will remain in their respective assignments unless recalled, except for members of the Regional Training School who have to return for their Junior and Senior Leadership Training Course at Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here.
The regional police office dispatched a total augmentation force of 1,210 during the barangay elections, with the first batch of 817 police officers dispatched to the six provinces.
The second batch was composed of 154 for the province of Masbate; while the third batch had a total of 285 personnel from the Regional Public Safety Battalion and was distributed to the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur and Naga City.
The others are stationed at the regional office, based on a directive of Deona.
He also ordered police offices in the 114 towns and cities of the region to conduct checkpoints in strategic places in their respective areas of coverage.
Deona said these offices have to conduct checkpoints two to four hours a day.
He added that they maintain close coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other force multipliers in the community for tight security on vital installations in the region.(PNA)