THE National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) is now bracing itself for the ‘possible’ upsurge of crimes in Metro Manila as the Holiday season winds down on the remaining weeks of the year.
Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo, NCRPO director, said that his command is fully prepared to meet as they have anticipated the possible upsurge of ‘criminality’ in the metropolis for this year holiday season.
“Actually we are ready for that . . . we have prepared [our security plan]as we had anticipated that [crime upsurge]because of the Christmas celebration,” Garbo told reporters in a chance interview in Camp Crame.
Garbo said that they will be deploying more police personnel in malls and other commercial areas, such as Divisoria in Manila and similar places where people traditionally flock and shop for the holidays.
“We have what we call vital installation target hardening. . . we are also increasing the number of police personnel in those areas and we are making a study of those places,” Garbo said.
The NCRPO chief added that they are continuously monitoring ‘street crimes’ such as robbery hold-up, snatching and pick pocketing’ and the ‘continuous threat’ of a possible spill over of terrorist threat from the southern part of the country.
“There’s a possibility of threat of spill-over… it’s always like that. It’s hard to say that there’s none, but something will come-out,” Garbo said.
The 15,000 strong NCRPO is in the unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in charge of handling peace and order situation in Metro Manila with an estimated population of 11.8 million as of December 2012. ANTHONY VARGAS