About 1,000 force multipliers and Philippine Army reservists will augment the security of this year's MassKara Festival in Bacolod City, Senior Supt. Jack Wanky, Bacolod police acting director, said yesterday.
About 300 of the volunteers attended the final briefing at the BCPO headquarters yesterday before they are deployed to their areas of assignment starting tomorrow, the opening of the 38 th MassKara Festival, Wanky said.
He said some of the force multipliers and volunteers will be assigned at festival areas and some in the barangays to avoid vacuum while the police are concentrating at festival sites.
Local Government Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo Jr. and Wanky gave guidance and encouragement to the 704 volunteers and 200 reservists, who will augment BCPO in securing MassKara, the Bacolod PNP reported in their Facebook account.
Wanky said the police asked for the usual support and commitment of the volunteers for the festivity because in previous MassKara festivals, they had been very active and were partners of the police in keeping the revelries peaceful.
Wanky said Hinlo told the force multipliers that the services they are rendering are not only a help for the police, but for the people, sharing their precious time to maintain peace in Bacolod.
The volunteers are composed of barangay tanods, civilians and professionals, Wanky added.
Meanwhile, the police are urging revelers to be security conscious during the 22-day festivities.
Wearing of valuable jewelry in crowded places is being discouraged while securing one's mobile phones, wallets, bags, and children are a must.
Police officers are available to assist the public at the three festival sites – the Bacolod Public Plaza, Bacolod Government Center, and the Lacson Tourism Strip.
The public may also reach the Bacolod police at 0907-2780149.
Meanwhile, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday that Councilor Dindo Ramos will study his proposal to regulate “riding-in-tandem” motorcycle riders at specific hours, to address robbery and hold-up cases in Bacolod.
Gasataya said he discussed the matter with Wanky during a closed door meeting Thursday where he relayed the complaints he had received.
Gasataya said he will try to lobby for the policemen to remain in Bacolod even after the MassKara Festival.
He has observed that robbery cases happen anywhere and that the suspects victimize anybody they meet along the way, he said.
So there is a need for police visibility during nighttime and even during the day, he added.
Gasataya said he also discussed with Wanky his observation that most suspects are “riding-in-tandem” motorcycle riders.
He brought up with Ramos the idea of regulating “riding-in-tandem” only on a limited number of hours, such as 9 a.m. or 10 p.m. until early morning, if this could help in crime prevention, he said.
This is already being implemented in other cities like Manila, he added.
Gasataya said Ramos will study his proposal and file an ordinance on it next week.*SGG/CGS
back to top