Monday, April 10, 2006

Baguio, Castillo raise alert level in North Minda

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (cagayan journal/11 April) - Northern Mindanao police head Chief Superintendent Florante Baguio Monday placed the entire region on heightened security alert under the 75-day summer security plan “Oplan-Bantay-Lakbay.”

In a command conference, Baguio instructed the directorate for operations to relay for immediate implementation the implementing guidelines of Oplan-Bantay to police provincial and city directors and heads of the PNP regional support units.

“This summer, all policemen should be alert and visible at all times. The threat on terrorism still there,” Baguio said.

Baguio said that the summer security plan of the PNP started nationwide a week ago.
“This plan is to coincide with closing of the school year when the most students are expected to flock home to the provinces for the Holy Week and summer vacation,” Baguio said.

Baguio said the 75-day security plan covers the last week of March until the second week of June when regular classes resume.

“We will deploy more men to air, sea and land transportation,” he said adding in anticipation of the heavy commuter and motorist traffic in the region.

As part of the security plan, police personnel will conduct security checks at air, sea ports and bus terminals to guard against criminals and terrorists who may take advantage of the holiday season.

“Police units will conduct patrol operations, particularly in beach resorts and tourism spots in region 10,” Baguio said.

Baguio also instructed his men to coordinate with the ships owners and personnel in a move to impose additional security measures at the seaports in cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Ozamis.

Meanwhile, regional traffic management chief police Supt. Felixberto Castillo said that elements of the PNP Regional Traffic Management Group would spearhead the road safety operation.

“ Our men will be deployed along national highways, primarily in the entire region,” Castillo said.

Castillo also said that police assistance centers will be established along the highways.

“These centers will serve as quick reaction points for security and medical assistance,” Castillo said adding that the centers would also the advance command post for traffic management and security operations.

Under Oplan Bantay-Lakbay, Castillo said all police assistance centers are linked with Patrol 117 and TXT PNP 2920 nationwide emergency hotlines.

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