CAMP Alagar has raised the alert level in northern Mindanao because of the Holy Week.
The announcement was made by Camp Alagar spokesman Lt. Col. Surki Sereñas as the police security preparations for this week’s religious holidays reached full swing in Region 10.
Brih. Gen. Timoteo Pacleb, police director for the region, ordered all police unit commaders all over the region to strategize the deployment of policemen in terminals, airports, seaports, highways, malls, resorts, churches and other holiday convergence areas to ensure the tranquil observance of the lent.
“We will continue to undertake preemptive measures against terrorist attack while keeping our watch against other form of criminalities prevalent during the lent,” Pacleb said
“We have beefed up mobile forces along our borders and regional boundaries to ensure that we are safeguarded from threats emanating from outside our AOR,” Pacleb assured. “We continue to strengthen our intelligence coordinations and monitoring with other government agencies to prevent untoward incident during the holiday.”
Pacleb also encouraged the participation of “force multipliers” and public safety volunteers from government and non-government organizations to augment the police while they are dispersed in over hundreds of Police Assistance Desks (PADs) stationed in strategic areas all over the region.
Meanwhile, Sereñas also urged the public to refrain from posting their vacation plans and daily routine activities on social media.
“We should be very cautious because criminals are also active in the social media. They have leveled up to look for likely victims in the internet. Let us deny them the opportunity to commit crime thru responsible use of social media and other social networking sites,” Sereñas said.
Sereñas further encouraged the public to report incidents or any suspicious activity to authorities or the nearest police station or PADs stationed in different strategic areas. (PR)