By Martin Sadongdong
Around 1,000 police officers out of the total 7,823 personnel set to be deployed by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) for “Oplan Ligtas Paskuhan 2018” will be fielded in about 300 churches in Metro Manila for “Simbang Gabi” starting Sunday.
NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar ordered all district directors of the Manila Police District (MPD), Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Northern Police District (NPD), Eastern Police District (EPD) and Southern Police District (SPD) to tighten the security in their areas of responsibility (AoRs) in time for the traditional dawn masses.
The nine-day dawn masses will be until December 24.
“In line with the PNP [Philippine National Police]’s Ligtas Paskuhan 2018 program, the Team NCRPO celebrates this Christmas by intensifying police visibility to ensure there will be peace, order, safety and joy in our midst,” Eleazar said in a statement sent to reporters.
Aside from the 7,823 cops, the NCRPO will be augmented by 7,955 force multipliers “to oversee the peace and order situation in our metropolis,” he added.
The combined 15,778 security force will be strategically posted in places of convergence and vital installations such as major public markets, malls, churches, airports LRT and MRT terminals, seaports and transport terminals, Eleazar noted.
Amid the preparations, he reminded the public to remain vigilant against petty criminals such as thieves, snatchers and robbers so that they won’t fall prey to them.
Usually, Simbang Gabi starts at 4 a.m. so Eleazar said there is a possibility it would be taken advantage by criminals.
With this, the NCRPO chief said “police assistance hubs” were installed in vital areas so that the public can easily ask for police’s help if ever they need one.
Additional patrol teams will also be deployed to keep an eye on criminal gangs who would try to create trouble.
For any untoward incident, the NCRPO can be reached through its hotlines 0915-888-8181 and 0999-901-8181.