CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City, — Police all over Northern Mindanao is on full alert as the security preparations for the holy week reached full swing.
Northern Mindanao police regional director Brigadier General Timoteo Pacleb ordered unit commanders all over the region to strategize deployment of police officers in terminals, airports, seaports, highways, malls, resorts, churches, and other holiday convergence areas to ensure the tranquil observance of the lent.
"We will continue to undertake preemptive measures against terrorist attack while keeping our watch against other forms of criminalities prevalent during the lent," Pacleb said.
“We have beefed up mobile forces along our borders and regional boundaries to ensure that we are safeguarded from threats emanating from outside our area of responsibility (AOR)," Pacleb assured.
He added, "We continue to strengthen our intelligence coordination and monitoring with other government agencies to prevent untoward incident during the holiday."
Pacleb likewise encouraged the participation of force multipliers and public safety volunteers from government and non-government organizations to augment the police while they are dispersed in over hundreds of Police Assistance Desks (PADs) stationed in strategic areas all over the region.
Meanwhile, NorMin police regional spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Surki Sereñas also urged the public to refrain from posting their vacation plans and daily routine activities on social media.
"We should be very cautious because criminals are also active in social media. They have leveled up to look for likely victims in the internet. Let us deny them the opportunity to commit crime thru responsible use of social media and other social networking sites," Sereñas added.
He further encouraged the public to report any incidents or any suspicious activity to authorities or the nearest police station or PADs stationed in different strategic areas.