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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, April 3, 2018
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Neg. Or. peaceful
during Holy Week


Generally peaceful.

That was how the Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental rated yesterday the observance of Holy Week in the province, that culminated on Easter Sunday.

PNP provincial director Sr. Supt. Edwin Portento said that, aside from a fire alarm in Bayawan City in the south, and a road accident in a northern town, no major crime incident was reported through the whole of last week.

He attributed this to the preparations of the PNP and other law enforcement authorities, as well as other government agencies, the local government units, barangay officials and other volunteer groups.

“Without them, all the PNP programs are difficult to implement,” said Portento, who also thanked the public for their cooperation.

He pointed out thatthis is a classic example of people working together for the common good and thankfully, no serious threat to the local peace and order happened at the height of the religious observance.

The PNP in Negros Oriental went on full alert starting March 25 or Palm Sunday in anticipation of the influx of tourists for the Holy Week and onwards during the summer.

Oplan SumVac (Summer Vacation) reeled off that day as well, in time for other activities during the summer months, to include the Holy Week, sporting events, the Mayflower Festival, and the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May.

Portento said they are now getting ready to implement another operation plan in time for the elections, with Commission on Elections-led activities such as the gun ban, beginning in mid-April.*PNA


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