PNP assures security during Panagbenga
by Redjie Cawis
Baguio City (6 February) -- The Baguio's finest is at its feet as the city starts the month-long Panagbenga this February.
Baguio City Police Office Director Col. Agripino Javier said that the police force is prepared with the upcoming events of the city with the expected one million tourist arrivals as projected by the Department of Tourism and the city government of Baguio.
During the opening of the 15th staging of the Baguio Flower Festival or the Panagbenga 2010 lst February 1, the BCPO deployed more than 100 police along the city thoroughfares to ensure the safety of tourists and residents who watched the opening parade at the Session Road and the field demonstration at the Baguio Athletic Bowl.
BCPO operatives have already captured and taken into custody several thieves, snatchers and hold uppers that have been in the watch list of the city police to keep the streets safe from any untoward incidents.
Javier disclosed that the intelligence division is keening an eye on a group from neighboring provinces that usually comes up to the city every Panagbenga to disrupt the celebrations during parades and events.
The BCPO also received augmentation group from the Police Regional Office – Cordillera and is joined by volunteer and communication groups that serve as force multipliers.
He also said that besides the safety of the people of Baguio, the police force is also busy in keeping the traffic flow smooth even during the main events of Panagbenga and in the other experimental traffic schemes of the city.
Javier and the BCPO ensured security measures on the Grand Street Parade and the Float Parade on February 27 and 28 respectively, and the Philippine Military Academy Homecoming and Graduation in March where President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo would be the guest of honor and speaker. (PIA) [top]