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PNP, BFP on heightened alert

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 8, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 09:51:00 04/08/2009

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) have been placed on heightened alert status effective midnight Wednesday as people flock to the provinces for the Holy Week.

PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa said the alert status would be effective nationwide as police were deployed in the country’s sea, air and land transportation terminals where most commuters would usually get rides to their destinations during the holidays.

Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Marius Corpus has also ordered BFP Acting Director Chief Superintendent Rolando Bandilla to implement all fire safety and inspection plans across the country.

Fire trucks and medical teams are in place along the North and South Luzon Expressways for Oplan Sumvac (Summer Vacation) to provide assistance to motorists going to the province.

Fire trucks and medical tams are also on stand by at the exit toll so that they can immediately respond to any emergency along the NLEX and SLEX.

Verzosa also ordered all policemen to help with traffic decongestion and management on major highways nationwide.

The PNP chief, who inspected train and bus terminals Wednesday morning, said he noted no untoward incidents reported except for some people experiencing high blood pressure because of the heat.

Verzosa also said only petty crimes normally happened during the Holy Week because “criminals take a vacation, too.”

Despite the heightened alert status, Verzosa said they would allow policemen to enjoy the long holidays by taking half-day shifts.

Meanwhile, Mon Legazpi, manager of the Araneta Center Bus Terminal, said they were expecting some 5,000 passengers on Wednesday afternoon, when some vacationists would leave work early to head for their home provinces.

For police or fire incidents, the public may call or text the hotline at 117.

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