The Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office (ZNPPO) has started intensifying its security in preparation for the Holy Week and summer vacation.
ZNPPO officer-in-charge Sr. Supt. James Buslig Mejia said that the closing of the school year this week and other occasions such as the observance of the Holy Week, town fiestas and Flores de Mayo are expected to generate an exodus of commuters and tourists to the province.
He said "the people will be traveling from one place to another which may pose peace and order concerns like traffic congestions, accidents and crimes."
Mejia said the ZNPPO has started its comprehensive security operations for the Lenten Season and Summer Vacation (SUMVAC) to ensure the safe, peaceful and meaningful celebration and vacation of local and foreign tourists who will be coming to the province.
"Whether there is threat or not, the PNP provincial command is not taking any chances, it is prepared and committed to provide security to everybody," Mejia said.
Mejia said he has already ordered all PNP units in the cities and municipalities to re-activate "Oplan Bantay Lakbay" to ensure the safe travel of motorists and commuters to their various destinations.
He also called on all municipal police stations throughout the province to intensify their Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) and Police Assistance Centers (PACs) to be established under the "Oplan Bantay Lakbay" in any strategic locations and major thoroughfares to serve as quick reaction points for police emergency and medical response, advance command post for traffic management and security operations.