The police who will secure delegates of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Bacolod City on Wednesday and Thursday, have been conducting dry runs since last week.
Policemen assigned to the security of delegates held a rehearsal yesterday at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and at other venues, Senior Supt. Melchor Coronel, Bacolod Police acting city director, said yesterday.
Another dry run will be held today at the Bacolod Public Plaza, in case there are militants who will create chaos during the APEC meeting.
The augmenting policemen from provinces of Antique, Capiz and Iloilo arrived in Bacolod since Thursday. Most of them have already been deployed at the downtown area, billeting venues and at the SMX Convention Center, Coronel said.
The policemen from other provinces are staying at the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School, the Educational Training Center and School, and the Rizal Elementary School.
On the preparation of the Bacolod Police for security of venues and delegates, Coronel said they are 80 percent ready and are still waiting for more policemen to arrive, aside from the other contingent agency, and the additional equipments for Civil Disturbance Management personnel.
Checkpoint operations have also been intensified in towns and cities near Bacolod, Coronel said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Services and Development in Bacolod City has started to clear the streets of Bacolod City of mendicants in preparation for APEC conference. DSSD head Pacita Tero said to keep them home, they will provide them family packs for three to four days during the APEC conference, she said.
Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City is requesting the General Services Office to immediately facilitate the repairs and improvements of the restrooms inside the Bacolod City Government Center that will be used as venue for the welcome ceremonies and dinner of APEC delegates and guests on Tuesday, through a resolution passed during its regular session on April 8, a press release from City Hall said.
This is to ensure that all facilities and amenities particularly the wash areas are clean and in good conditions for the convenience of the APEC delegates.
APEC delegates from various Asia-Pacific countries are arriving in Bacolod for the meeting and will include Muslims delegates who practice Halal in reference to food and drinks that are permissible for Muslims and the rituals of washing of hands before meals, the resolution stated.
The SP is also requesting the Clean and Green Task Force to clean up the premises of the barangays surrounding the SMX Convention Center in preparation for Bacolod's hosting of APEC.
A resolution was also passed requesting all transport groups to advise their members not to wear sleeveless shirts when roaming around the city during the APEC meeting to provide positive impression to the delegates and place Bacolod City as one of the best tourist destinations in the country, the resolution said.*SGG
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