Palace urges Pinoys to stay safe this Holy Week
By Prince Golez
Throughout the Holy Week, Malacanang said Tuesday that concerned government agencies have been placed on “hightened alert” to ensure safety and security for all.
“Public safety continues to be our top priority. These include additional security deployments in different areas of convergence, such as bus terminals, airports, seaports, vital government, and private installations, churches, malls, and other public recreation areas,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
In preparation for the Lenten break, Panelo said the Philippine National Police has deployed 11,600 cops across Metro Metro and created over 4,500 assistance desk across the country.
The Department of Transportation also launched its “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2019” to improve passenger convenience and safety, he added.
The chief presidential legal counsel also said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has deployed some 1,500 traffic personnel to assist travelers during the week-long holiday break.
“For the influx of Filipinos flying home to their provinces and to various tourist destinations, the Manila International Airport Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines have also prepared security and transport measures with the deployment of airport police department personnel in key areas around the airport, as well as the manning of 24/7 airport police help desks,” said Panelo.
The Department of Tourism, according to him, has already coordinated with the local government units to set up emergency care systems and facilities in tourist destinations ahead of the Holy Week.
In his statement, Panelo urged everyone to cooperate in the conduct ofsafety checks and security checkpoints, as well as comply with traffic regulations and maintain their situational awareness.
“We also urge the public to immediately report suspicious characters and unattended materials such as packages, bags and other objects that are out of place to proper authorities,” he said.
The official also reminded the people that the Lent is a time for self-reflection.
“It is a genuine message of solidarity to everyone regardless of the differences in our affiliation or denomination. May the life of sacrifice and humility that Jesus Christ had lived serve as an inspiration to us all so that we may continue to help each other especially in times of need and adversity. May we all have a solemn, peaceful, and renewing break for this Holy Week. And may each one of us have a divinely cleansing and spiritually fulfilling days of Lent,” Panelo ended.