This holiday season, police are ramping up security.
Starting Monday evening, PNP will be on patrol near churches for the traditional Simbang Gabi (dawn Mass).
MPD head Senior Superintendent Rolando Nana specifically instructed patrols near Santo Niño Church in Tondo, Quiapo Church, Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, San Agustin Church, Malate Church, and Santa Ana Church.
Police expect criminals, including those on motorcycles, to commit in petty crimes such as snatching.
PNP posted this on their Facebook page:
PNP Officer-In-Charge Deputy Director General Leonardo A Espina today reminded all police commanders of the operational guidelines and procedures to be undertaken in maintaining order, law enforcement, and in providing public safety services during the Yuletide season which starts today with the traditional 9-day Misa de Gallo.
Espina reiterated earlier orders for enhanced security operations before, during and after the observance of the traditional Yuletide Holiday Season (Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) as expected to cause influx of people in shopping mall, churches, transport terminals and other public places.
The Operational Guidelines for “Ligtas Paskuhan 2014” involve police presence, focused law enforcement operations, target hardening, police community partnership and information operations.
Espina said police presence will be intensified through increased foot and mobile patrol operations and deployment of Route Safety Marshalls in areas and times where and when they are most needed. Police Assistance Hubs will also be established in places of convergence.
Even as preemptive security operations are underway, the PNP will continue to intensify the campaign against loose firearms, illegal discharge of firearms, and campaign against criminal gangs and personalities supported by the aggressive implementation of OPLAN “Bakal” and OPLAN “Sita”, and Strict implementation of RA No 7183 (Illegal Manufacture and Sale of Firecrackers and Pyrotechnics). (PNP-PIO)