Las Pinas City Mayor Vergel ‘Nene’ Aguilar today assured residents and businessmen that more policemen will patrol the city streets and commercial areas to ensure public safety especially so that incidents of crime is anticipated during the Christmas season.
Aguilar made the assurance as the city police force strengthened its foot and mobile patrol in areas frequented by shoppers and consumers during this holiday rush, as well as to guarantee the peace and order in the city.
In an instruction to city police chief P/Senior Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, the mayor requested to maximize deployment of nearly 300 policemen, in places where people will mostly converge like shopping malls, markets, churches and parks as deterrent to any criminal element.
“A peaceful and orderly city enlivens our lives to welcome the Christmas celebration despite economic difficulties. That’s why special attention must be given to peace and order so that people can truly enjoy the holidays,” Aguilar said.
Likewise, the mayor said additional traffic enforcers would be deployed and directed the local police to closely coordinate with barangay tanods (village watchmen) to patrol the city streets on a 24/7 basis in their respective areas.
Sapitula, meanwhile, said the city police have been conducting since last month what they call community immersion as part of the steps to regain public trust to law enforcers. This is being done through sponsoring Mass offerings and leading the flag-raising ceremony in the city’s various public elementary and high schools and the barangays.
At the same time, the chief of the police also pushed for the installation of CCTV in all internet café and similar establishments operating in the city as crime deterrent. (END)