Friday, 19 July 2019

Tight security to ensure peaceful and orderly Sarbay

GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 31, 2019) – Security has been strengthened during Sarbay Festival which began Thursday (May 30) and ends on June 1.

Some 740 patrolling personnel are in full deployment in strategic areas in Gumasa, Glan where the biggest beach festival in the Philippines is staged every year.

Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said they increased the security personnel this time from the 500 deployed last year to ensure the event is smooth and orderly and “to show to the whole Philippines that in Mindanao we can celebrate securely and properly in different conditions.”

In terms of security preparations, Sarangani Provincial Police Office spokesperson Lt. Col. Jose Teody Condesa said they came up with a contingency plan with the security and the province’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to ensure a peaceful celebration.

This year, Condesa said, they are expecting more than 150,000 spectators “hence we are making sure na ‘yung ating attendees for the Sarbay are safe and protected.”

Aside from the 200 police officers deployed, there are also augmentation from the Philippine Navy, Regional Mobile Force, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection and other agencies.

Solon said the Armed Forces of the Philippines also deployed two vessels while the Philippine Coast Guard “will be watching the shoreline to make sure no unregistered vessels will be crossing the area while the event is happening.”

“We have (also) 10 dogs which are drug sniffing and the others are for the improvised explosive devices,” he said.

Medics and Rescue, composed of the Provincial Health Office, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and from the Bureau of Fire Protection are also deployed as standby teams with six ambulances ready for use. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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