Criminal elements may take advantage of people converging in places such as beach and other tourist destinations, as PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima ordered a nationwide security plan to ensure safe and secure travel of motorists and commuters this coming Lenten Season and Summer Vacation.
Purisima said aside from May 2013 polls, various occasions such as Holy Week, town fiestas, Flores de Mayo and other related activities that will start on the last week of March until the end of May this year.
These are expected to generate numerous commuters and tourists who will travel to their respective provinces and tourist destinations.
Police said these may cause peace and order concerns including traffic congestions, accidents and other crimes.
In line with this, Acting Director for Operations, Police Chief Superintendent Alex Paul Monteagudo issued a memorandum to all Regional Directors of Police Regional Offices (RD, PROs) and Directors of PNP Operational Units (Aviation Security Group, Maritime Group, Highway Patrol Group, Civil Security Group, Communication and Electronics Service, and Health Service to implement the PNP LOI 13/2011 (SANG-INGAT-CHARLIE) attuned to Summer Vacation 2013.
He also said the PNP will establish of Police Assistance Desks/Centers (PADs/Cs) and deploy Road Safety Marshalls in convergence points particularly in bus terminals, airports, seaports, train stations, recreational areas including highways, main thoroughfares and crime prone areas to ensure maximum police presence.
"PNP personnel who are deployed at convergence points and Police Assistance Desks are assigned to assist the general public. However, the mandatory police operations against criminal elements and dissident terrorists should not be overlooked" said Monteagudo.