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PNP, AFP step up security
as Palaro delegates arrive

The Philippine National Police PNP stepped up security arrangements for the 2015 Palarong Pambansa as delegates start arriving yesterday in Tagum City.

PNP Police Regional Office (PRO) XI Chief of Staff P/Sr. Supt. Camilo Cascolan said they are expecting 10,500 delegates for the Palarong Pambansa by Saturday. While some games start on Sunday, the grand opening rites will be held on Monday afternoon. Delegates will be coming from 17 regions in the country.

Cascolan disclosed that by May 1, some 732 police personnel will be inside Tagum City with additional support personnel from surrounding Davao del Norte municipalities; 600-strong police and army personnel at the border checkpoints of Davao region; police personnel at border checkpoints of Regions 10, 12 and Caraga; and 1,800 police to support the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) team to guard coastal areas.

Cascolan said all government security teams and agencies conducted a dry run of the security plan to determine gaps and requirements to ensure a safe holding of the national games.

According to Cascolan, police will not only be securing the games venue and billeting sites but they will also provide security for delegates going around tourism sites in Davao.

They also require good coordination between security and tourism stakeholders. Contact details for security assistance are also provided.

“We need to coordinate all movements of the delegates,” Cascolan said.

PRO XI regional director P/Chief Supt. Wendy Rosario earlier said they have not monitored any threats from lawless elements but assured readiness of security forces to respond to any event.

Rosario said they have stepped up intelligence gathering to deter any attempts to disrupt the holding of the Palarong Pambansa.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson, P/Sr. Inspector Milgrace Driz said mobile patrols from Davao City will also be deployed to Tagum City. *AFP


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