By Alexandria San Juan
The Quezon City police is now on heightened alert as it prepares to ensure a peaceful and secured Holy Week and summer vacation.
P/Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., director of the Quezon City Police District, said they have been on heightened alert as early as this week and will eventually go on full alert status when the Holy Week begins.
With this, uniformed and plain clothes policemen will be deployed to strategic areas especially in places where many people converge such as transport terminals including bus and train stations, churches, and malls.
“We will deploy 2, 229 policemen to these areas and also in other vital installations to ensure the safety of our kababayans, especially those who will troop to the terminals for the province,” Esquivel said.
Police assistance desks were also established on various areas where the public can report any concerns for assistance.
Aside from police personnel, Esquivel said around 3,213 force multipliers such as barangay tanods, security guards, members of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) will help maintain peace and order.
Earlier this week, members of QCPD conducted simulation exercises to enhance their response against possible terror threats in time with the coming Lenten Season.
“We encourage the public to report any untoward incidents or suspicious things or persons for appropriate and prompt police action,” he said.
Esquivel urged the public to call or text the following police hotlines to report any suspicious activity: Isumbong mo kay Oca – 09178475757; I-send mo sa Team NCRPO – 09158888181 (Globe), 09999018181 (Smart), and QCPD DD’S tipline – 09178611870.
For residents traveling to provinces this Holy Week and summer vacation, Esquivel said they should make sure that their houses are securely locked to avoid burglary.
The QCPD chief advised travelers that installing burglar alarms and closed circuit televisions (CCTV) may be useful to guard against “akyat-bahay.”
“Ensure that the appliances are unplugged. Keep your plans to your family and to yourself and avoid sharing flight information such as clear picture of your passport and flight details and do not post information of your trip real time as it may indicate that there is nobody left in your house. You may at least wait to post until you returned home from your trip,” he added.
Esquivel also encouraged those who will travel using their own vehicles to check its battery, light, oil, water, breaks, air, gas, engine, tires and to also check yourself (BLOWBAGETS).