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PNP puts up ‘best security’ for APEC meet in Bataan

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  • Jose Mari M. G.
  • 9 years ago

BALANGA CITY, Bataan For the biggest event in this historic province in years, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said it set up its best security preparations in assuring a safe Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meet to be held in a world-class resort here.

Very meticulous security plans and operations have been laid out—covering land, air and water—for the APEC events to be hosted by Bataan in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar from June 9 to 12, said PNP-Bataan Director PSSupt. Rhodel Sermonia. “This is an opportunity for the province of Bataan. We are ready to show the best of our province,” Sermonia said during the recent Ugnayan ng Kapulisan at Mamamahayag ng Bataan organized by Philippine Information Agency and PNP in Camp Tolentino, this city.

About 2,000 security personnel coming from various government security agencies are deployed across the province, and 1,500 of these are cops from PNP.Such workforce, he said, will ensure the safety of more than 200 foreign delegates and over 100 local delegates who will partake in the Senior Finance Officials’ Meeting. Sermonia explained that the security force is divided into various groups in charge of securing the roads, event area, tourist destinations, and venue and billet.

The detailed preparations, he added, are patterned after an international template used by other countries for hosting big events like APEC meetings.“We have the coast guard, navy, maritime to cover the beaches. We have standby forces from Air Force in case of air evacuation or support needed for any eventuality,” Sermonia said.

In road security, the coverage includes North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, Roman Highway and the Governor Linao Road which leads to the heritage resort. Under area security, task forces have been scouring all barangays of host Bagac town and of adjacent municipalities especially those which will be traversed by the delegates. The Dambana ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat located in nearby Pilar town is also placed under intensive security because it will be visited by delegates as part of their tour.

Task groups for security, peace and order, and emergency preparedness are in full force for the historic event that will tackle stringent financial affairs concerning Asia Pacific member economies. Under these three task groups are a multitude of task units involving security operations in airport, convoy, anti-intrusion, cyber and radio, internal, maritime, public order, search and rescue, fire, medical and critical incident, among many others.

“The last time APEC was held in the Philippines was in 1996. For the next, we’ll wait for another 20 years to come,” Sermonia said. “This our best opportunity to partake in this big event.”

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