Despite the decreasing trend of petty crimes as a result of the national government’s all-out campaign against illegal drugs, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) still urges all local chief executives to ensure peaceful commemoration and safety of their constituents and guests this Holy Week.
DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy said that local government units (LGUs) should work closely with the concerned local traffic enforcers, barangay tanods, law enforcers, or public safety officers in places of public convergence such as churches, transport terminals, plazas, and malls to ensure the safe observance of this yearly commemoration.
“People usually flock to churches and other religious destinations during the Holy Week but there are also those who would like to relax and enjoy the long weekend,” Cuy said. “Whatever their choice may be, let us ensure that crowded places and other places of interests remain crime-free, safe, and clean.”
The DILG OIC also emphasized that medical assistance booths should be set-up to assist people who might faint or get dizzy amid the excruciating heat.
He added that segregated trash bins should be placed in strategic locations to keep the public places litter-free and clean.
Cuy also advised the Philippine National Police (PNP) to deploy their staff and ensure police visibility, checkpoints, and mobile patrols to prevent the occurrence of crimes and other threats to public order and safety.
“Be on guard for pickpockets who easily prey on unsuspecting victims amid the huge crowd,” he said. “Be alert also for those akyat-bahay criminals who barge into empty houses and rob whatever worthy materials they could find.”
Cuy also assured the public that the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is always ready to respond to fire incidents and other accidents that may happen during the Holy Week.
He also called the public to make sure that all electrical appliances are unplugged and gas tanks are turned off before leaving their homes or heading off to their vacation destinations.
“Let us maintain the solemnity of the Holy Week and reflect on the sufferings of Jesus for all humanity. At the same time, let us ensure that the long holiday break this Lenten season will be crime-free, safe, and stress-free” Cuy said. # Source – www.dilg.gov.ph