Personnel of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will not be having a Christmas break this holiday season and instead will be tightening security and remaining visible to discourage crimes or illegal activities, according to Metro Manila police head Director Guillermo Eleazar. Eleazar on Friday, Dec. 21, issued orders to five district directors in the capital to increase their activities on Christmas and New Year’s Day’s revelries.
“The Team NCRPO celebrates this Christmas by intensifying police visibility to ensure there will be peace, order, safety and joy in our midst, every moment of the day,” Eleazar said.
The five districts are the Manila Police District (MPD), Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Northern Police District (NPD), Southern Police District (SPD), and Eastern Police District (EPD).
“Historically, police officers have holiday breaks but we cannot afford here in Metro Manila because if we let them go on breaks, half of them would be rendering 24-hour duty. We cannot do that here in Metro Manila,” said Eleazar. The police chief also ordered the cancellation of rest and recreation and other leave applications by Metro Manila policemen, ordering them to report for futy during the holidays. According to Eleazar, these measures are in line with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) “Ligtas Paskuhan 2018″ program.
7,823 police officers have already been deployed to areas of high convergence, such as transport hubs. The strategic placement of personnel is in hopes of curbing crime rates and ensuring the safety of the people during the holidays.
“They will be posted strategically region-wide at places of convergence and vital installations. We will post ‘police assistance hubs’ in all major public markets, malls, churches, airports, LRT and MRT terminals, seaports, and transport terminals,” Eleazar said.
Uniformed policemen will also be deployed to areas with recorded incidents of indiscriminate firing of guns. Some merrymakers celebrate the holidays by sending off a few rounds, which is both illegal and highly dangerous.
“We want to insist to the public that we are dead serious to maintain the peace and order and if people see this, they will feel safer,” Eleazar noted.
Even with these precautions, Eleazar reminded the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report to the police any suspicious activities or persons.