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Roselle R. Aquino

Camp BGen Vicente P Lim, Calamba City – The Police Regional Office CALABARZON is all set for the vacation season, to bolster security measures through the “Ligtas Sumvac (Summer Vacation) 2022” campaign. A total of 1,459 PNP personnel are ready for deployment for SumVac 2022. 

To augment the strength of the CALABARZON PNP, 2,706 Force Multipliers and Volunteer Groups will support the deployment of 866 PNP personnel deployed in places of convergence, 249 in transportation terminals, 244 in tourist destinations and 100 in road constructions.

SUMVAC 2022 signals the end of the school calendar, hence various activities are being observed such as the observance of the Lenten season, the commemoration of the national holidays like Philippine Veterans Week, Araw ng Kagitingan, Labor Day, National Flag Day. Flores de Mayo, fiestas and other related gatherings are also expected.

PRO 4A also anticipates an influx of visitors, both local and foreign, since many tourist spots in CALABARZON have been re-opening following the long break due to the strict quarantine restrictions in the past two years brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are putting all police stations and units in full alert status to ensure that safety and security are maintained. All personnel is strongly advised to strictly adhere to the minimum public health standards so we can avoid the resurgence of Covid case”, Regional Director Brig Gen Antonio Yarra said. 

The PNP National Headquarters also released a set of operational guidelines to better ensure that minimum public health standards and peace and order are maintained especially in tourist destinations or places of worship.

Under the new normal, police station and units are encouraged to constantly coordinate with community-based volunteers and force multipliers whenever there is a significant activity in their area of responsibility. 

The PNP and Department of Tourism in their localities must work together to produce and distribute safety tips that shall guide the tourists to be safe at all times. 

“We will activate the tourist police in each police station in the cities and municipalities to assist the tourists and focus on security concerns so that our personnel can immediately take action in their complaints”, Yarra said.    

The Ligtas Sumvac 2022 will also encompass the election security operations of the upcoming national and local elections this May 9, 2022.

Yarra reminded all unit commanders to double their efforts in ensuring the security and safety of the public during this season and maximize target hardening measures about the operational guidelines of the Ligtas Sumvac 2022.

He further emphasized the cooperation between the members of CALABARZON Police, Support Units, AFP counterparts, other law enforcement agencies, local government units, NGOs, force multipliers, and other civilian volunteer groups for their assistance in providing public safety services.

Yarra also appealed to the public for full support and cooperation during this season. He urged the public to stay vigilant and encouraged them to report to the nearest police stations or any law enforcement agencies any suspicious activities in their area.

Safety tips and hotline numbers will be posted on the respective Facebook page of every police station and on the official Facebook page of Police Regional Office 4A to inform the public on the do’s and don’ts during traveling when going outside, when leaving their houses and when driving, and be aware of whom they should call whenever they need assistance. 

“Ang kaligtasan po ng ating mga kababayan ang ating top priority. Dito sa CALABARZON makakaasa kayo na pananatilihin naming ang seguridad ng bawat mamamayan gayundin ang kaligtasang pangkalusugan ng bawat isa sa pamamagitan ng palagiang pagsunod sa health protocol upang maging masaya at ligtas ang bakasyon ng ating mga kababayan”, Yarra added.