Police, military ready to secure SEA Games

Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

AT LEAST 47,000 law enforcers will be deployed to secure and maintain peace and order during the conduct of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in the country, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday.

PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said a total of 27,440 police personnel will be deployed in the event’s venues in Metro Manila, Laguna, Bulacan, Tagaytay, Subic and New Clark City sports complex in Capas, Tarlac.

Of the number, 18,105 will be assigned in Metro Manila, while 6,554 in Central Luzon, 1,865 in Southern Luzon and 916 in La Union.

There will also be 20,000 more law enforcement personnel from different concerned agencies who will serve as augmentation forces, PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa said.

“We are putting our best foot forward for the regional sporting event event among our Asean neighbors. We (have) started preparations last year. We continue to rehearse and finetune all our systems and procedures for this event, such that we have established full back-up system that will address any unforeseen situation that may arise,” Gamboa said.

Gamboa said PNP units will secure the different venues and provide public safety assistance necessary for maintenance of order, crowd control services, vehicular and pedestrian traffic direction, route, parking and venue security.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said they have yet to monitor any terror threat to the upcoming event.

Lorenzana led the send-off ceremony of the military forces and personnel from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) who will take part in securing the said event during a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo.

"We do not see the likelihood pero mabuti na 'yung nakahanda 'di ba. Kasama 'yan sa ating ginagawa kaya nga mahigpit 'yung ating seguridad sa loob ng mga events, venues," Lorenzana said at the sidelines of the ceremony.

"Mas mabuti na 'yung mag-sobra tayo ng security kaysa magkulang," he added.

Lorenzana said aside from their duty in maintaining peace and order, 127 soldier-athletes and coaches will compete in the Sea Games. (SunStar Philippines)