By LITO RULONA
VICE Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy on Monday called on Camp Evangelista and Camp Alagar, and other law enforcement agencies to beef up the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office’s forces to ensure tighter security measures here during this month’s fiesta period.
This came in the wake of discussion on the proposed integrated public safety plan of the city or proposed Cagayan de Oro Code for Public Safety.
Uy said the security coordination should involve barangay officials and should start days ahead of the celebration of the feast of St. Augustine, considered as the patron saint in this predominantly Roman Catholic city.
He said this would give barangay officials the task of reporting potential troublemakers or offenders within their respective areas of responsibilities.
Earlier, the city council approved a resolution, urging the 80 barangays of the city to draft their own community public safety plans.
The resolution was jointly filed by councilors Ian Mark Nacaya and Romeo Calizo, chairmen of the city council’s committees on laws and rules, and police, fire, and public safety, respectively.
Cocpo spokesperson Supt. Mardy Hortillosa II said the security measures for the fiesta activities would include discouraging people from bringing backpacks and other bags, and subjecting those with these to inspection.
Hortillosa said there would be “onsite inspections,” and people would be asked to show valid identification cards or documents.
He said wearing of caps and sunglasses during indoor events, particularly inside churches, would be prohibited.