Security heightened at vital installations
The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) said they will be tightening security at vital installations across Iloilo with the Dinagyang Festival highlights set to take place this weekend in Iloilo City.
“We anticipate more tourists and devotees to visit not only Iloilo City but also the province,” IPPO director, Police Colonel Roland Vilela, explained.
He said the provincial police department has also maximized deployment of force multipliers in order to conduct massive checkpoint operations and aggressively pursue wanted individuals.
In addition, station commanders have been directed to coordinate with local government units, the owners of malls and other business establishments, church leaders, transport terminal operators, among others in other preempt potential attacks.
Vilela pointed out, “The province police force remains on full alert to ensure that criminals and terrorists are deterred [from taking] advantage of the Dinagyang Festival.”
Meanwhile, Iloilo City Police Office director, Police Colonel Martin Defensor, announced they formally deployed 3,300 police personnel, alongside 2,000 force multipliers, yesterday to maintain security at the annual event.
“We have security personnel, who will cover all events, while those assigned as border security will check those coming in to the city,” the law enforcement official explained. “We have also to conduct 24-hour checkpoints to monitor the entry of illegal contraband, deadly weapons, and other pointed object that could be dangerous.”
Meanwhile, permits to carry firearms outside one’s residence are currently suspended and will not be reactivated until after January 27.
“We want that the 2020 Dinagyang Festival will be peaceful and orderly,” Defensor added. “We are aiming for zero major crime incidents.”/WDJ