The Philippine National Police noted a generally peaceful and orderly celebration of Holy Week this year.
PNP Chief, Police General Rodolfo Azurin Jr credited police visibility and civilian cooperation for the peaceful observance of the Lenten season.
The PNP also attributed the peaceful observance of Holy Week to the strict implementation of the “Oplan Ligtas Sumvac 2023”, the nationwide-coordinated police operations that aim to provide security during the Lenten season and summer vacation.
For this Holy Week, there were cases of drowning and vehicular accidents reported in four regions, Region 1, 2, 3, and Region 4A. The PNP recorded 11 vehicular accidents with four (4) deaths while 57 drowning incidents were reported with 62 deaths.
However, the crime environment still showed a significant change as the 8 focus crimes decreased by 14.69% from 10,954 incidents in 2022 (Jan 1 to April 8) to 9,345 incidents in 2023 for the same period.
“Deployment of personnel will focus now on bus terminals, seaports, and airports as activities and movement of the traveling public will be more in these areas,” PGen Azurin said.
He reiterated his appeal to travelers, including those using their own vehicles, to take extra precautions by observing traffic rules and speed limits to prevent vehicular accidents.
PNP Chief Azurin also reminded the public to watch over their children whenever they go swimming or on any family outing. “To all parents, please do not leave your children unattended and avoid drinking liquors while swimming to avoid cases of drowning.
Catherine R. Cueto