Bacolod Cops on Alert
The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is intensifying anti-crime and other security measures not only for the safety of MassKara Festival revelers but also for residents and visitors alike.
Police Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, the Acting City Director of BCPO, told newsmen the conduct of the simulation exercises (SIMEX) at the Bacolod Public Plaza and the Bacolod Government Center were part of the drills that better prepared the city cops.
The review of the SIMEX was led by Police Senior Superintendent Augustos Rhoderick Alba, the Chief of the Regional Operations and Plans Division (ROPD) of Police Regional Office 6 (PRO 6) and it was also attended by other government agencies and stakeholders.
He said they have discussed about the concerns on security and polished their strategy on how to deal with different scenarios in case there will be major incidents that will occur during the conduct of MassKara that started yesterday until October 22, 2017.
“Since this is a world class event, we expect the influx of local and foreign tourists to be here, that is why we are doing our best and planned well and implement it smoothly for the safety of everyone”, added Wanky.
The BCPO also requested the assistance of the K9 unit of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and from the Philippine Army to supplement the forces of its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) to respond on special cases during the festivities.
BCPO also requested from the Office of the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the cancellation of permit to carry firearm outside residence (PTCFOR) during the conduct of the celebration and to fully secure the festival and carnival sites the public are not allowed to bring deadly weapons, pointed and hard objects, belts with knives, beer in bottle, back packs and using of drones are also prohibited.
Wanky also would like to encourage the public to help the police force to make Bacolod safe and orderly by reporting suspicious looking individuals that might do foolish things during the 22-day celebrations.( W/ report from SPO1 Jared E. Esquilla/PIO, BCPO)