BACOLOD CITY: A security group composed of 2,074 policemen, soldiers, force multipliers and other members of law enforcement agencies were deployed on Monday for the last week of celebration for the 40th MassKara Festival here.
The group was sent off during formal ceremonies at the New Government Center.
A total of 556 policemen were from Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), 806 augmentation personnel were from Police Regional Office-6, 71 were from Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), 22 from Maritime, 97 were from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, 85 were from Bureau of Fire Protection, 30 were from Philippine Army and 25 were from Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
Twenty-three mobile patrol cars, three firetrucks, 33 motorcycles, 10 ambulances, 100 pieces of equipment from the City Disaster Management and 200 handheld radios will be utilized.
Col. Henry Binas, BCPO director, ordered the security personnel not to allow any untoward or major incidents like bombing or any act of terrorism, kidnapping and murder to happen for the duration of the MassKara Festival.
“We have a very important mission for this festival,” he said.
He also ordered the security group to minimize crimes against persons and property, raise confidence of the people and lessen their fear of crimes.
“Let us show to everybody that indeed Bacolod is the festival capital of the Philippines. We urge everyone to help us make the MassKara Festival a very peaceful one,” Biñas said.