CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, PALO, Leyte, Nov. 1 – The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8) here has deployed a total of 4,977 peacekeeping officers comprising of 3,197 policemen and 1,780 members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) throughout the region to ensure a peaceful and secure observance of All Souls Day and All Saints Day.
Major places of convergence being secured are the cemeteries, bus terminals, seaports, airports, tourist destinations, malls, vital installations and other major thoroughfares.
The deployed police personnel are supported by force multipliers like BPATs and other non-government organizations as partners in manning checkpoints and other similar security measures.
PRO-8 is currently monitoring the security situation regionwide thru its Regional Tactical Operation Center at the regional headquarters, observing maximum utilization of cellular phones and using Very High Frequency (VHF) and High Frequency (HF) radios and internet as command and control tools.
PNP personnel, in coordination with other government agencies, also joined in the operation of public assistance desks, such as that of the Department of Public Works and Highways, to provide immediate response to travelers who will encounter road-related problems.
Police visibility is also observed to prevent or discourage bad elements from doing crimes.