NCRPO gears up for the coming Christmas season in Metro Manila

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With the onset of the “BER” months and the possible upsurge in crimes during the holiday Season, the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday orders all the district commanders in Metro Manila to be more vigilant against criminal syndicates.

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NCRPO director, Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao said in a press briefing in Camp Crame that the police would intensify their security operations in all places of convergence in the metropolis such as malls, shopping centers and transport terminals where people congregate the most.

Pagdilao added that the NCRPO would deploy 70% of its 19,000 policemen to increase police visibility in Metro Manila streets and to readily respond to any eventuality that might occur during the holiday season.

“We are planning to deploy on the ground 70% of our 19, 000 policemen. I have downloaded some of my men in the districts especially the PO1’s,” Pagdilao said in the press briefing in Camp Crame.

The NCRPO chief added that their general directive to all policemen with the rank of PO1 would be downloaded in the streets citing for example that if a police station has 100 men in its roster, more than 70 of them should be out in the streets patrolling.

The police official added that the NCRPO will continue with “Oplan Lambat-Sibat,” which he said was an effective anti-crime measure that saw the decrease of crime incidents in Metro Manila streets.

Pagdilao noted that they are banking on the anti-crime innovations allegedly crafted by Interior Secretary Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas 2nd and top officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The NCRPO chief said that another effective anti-crime measure was the intensified campaign against loose firearms and motorcycles used by criminals as their escape vehicles.

“For this year positive kami for this program of Lambat-Sibat, proven na yung programa nakadrill down sustain ang pag implement [For this year, we are optimistic of the program Lambat-Sibat],” Pagdilao said in the press briefing.

The NCRPO chief also appealed to the public to cooperate with the police and be careful with muggers, snatchers and hold-uppers, saying that the best anti-criminality measure is the vigilance of the public, particularly in implementing self-protection measures against criminal elements.

The police official also cautioned the public to refrain from wearing expensive jewelry, avoid carrying big amounts of money and report any crime to the nearest police stations.

“We wanted zero-crime incidents, kailangan natin ng community involvement, support ng LGU, kapag pulis lang aasahan sa number ngayon hindi kakayanin. dapat dito tulong tulong [We need community involvement and support from the LGU. The police can’t do it alone. What we need to do is help each other],” Pagdilao said.

The start of the “ber” months, which ushers the unofficial countdown to Christmas in the Philippines, is known to have the world’s longest Christmas season.

Pagdilao said the police are gearing up for a possible rise in petty crimes as Filipinos prepare for Yuletide Season.

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