About 2,000 government forces will be initially deployed for the MassKara Festival in Bacolod City, next month, Police Maj. Lester Leada, Bacolod City Police Office operations chief, said yesterday.
The BCPO officials met with agencies involved such as the Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime, Philippine Army, and Special Action Force, during a coordinating meeting Monday, for this year’s MassKara Festival security.
Leada said they got the commitment of these agencies on the number of their personnel who will render duty during the festivity.
“Later on we will also coordinate with the force multipliers to determine their number to augment the police in the security of the MassKara,” Leada said.
He said 2,000 is less compared to last year’s but they will still contact the force multipliers to meet the security requirement.
The figure that they came up with is already in reference to the police augmentation that they will be requesting from the Police Regional Office-6, he said.
Leada said they are preparing for any threat of terrorism and any eventualities, considering the recent bombing incident in Sultan Kudarat.
Together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Leada said the policemen are doing their utmost monitoring to avoid similar incident from happening, especially in the festival sites.
The security measures last year will be enhanced more this year such as the frisking of belongings and rigid checking of people going in and out of festival sites as they aim to have no major incident, Leada said.
PRO-6 officials are also expected to arrive in Bacolod to check the security preparations of BCPO, he said.
As to the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte, the police do not have the confirmation yet, but they have prepared another security plan in case the president arrives, Leada said.
Last year, according to the city tourism office, more than two million revelers have flocked Bacolod for the MassKara Festival, Leada said.
This year’s MassKara is set on October 8 to 28, 2019.*
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