The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Ricardo R Visaya ordered all military units to intensify their intelligence monitoring and security operations in support to the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the nationwide commemoration of All Saints Day today, 01 November 2016 and All Souls Day tomorrow, 02 November 2016.
General Visaya issued his directive to the Unified Commands, Joint Task Force NCR (JTF-NCR), and Major Service Commanders on Monday, October 24. He instructed the military units to actively coordinate with their PNP counterparts through the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council (JPSCC) in preparation for and in thwarting all possible threats that may arise during the holidays.
The JPSCC is a mechanism for joint operations with the PNP to address various security concerns.
"Vigilance and profiling of threat groups will be an edge of our security forces. Criminal and terrorist groups may take advantage of the gathering of people in bus terminals, air and sea ports. We will keep an eye on other places of convergence like cemeteries especially during this long weekend", General Visaya admonished.
In key cities around the country meanwhile, Unified Commands and the JTF-NCR together with their counterparts in the PNP will employ measures to secure public facilities and other vital establishments.
The Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force and Philippine Navy, on the other hand remain on alert and ready to augment additional troops to support the Unified Commands.
The AFP and PNP will maximize their presence through checkpoints in critical areas. These will be complemented by the deployment of K9 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams at possible entry and exit points in urban centers.
The JTF-NCR will likewise provide assistance to motorists in major roads particularly South Luzon Express Way and North Luzon Express Way. Its current peace and development activities will be strengthened to assist citizens especially in the most-visited cemeteries in Metro Manila.
"The AFP is one with our people in the peaceful and meaningful commemoration and visitation of our departed loved ones. We assure our people that your soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen are on their toes", said General Visaya.
"We nonetheless enlist the support of our people for their cooperation, vigilance, and security consciousness as their contribution to our joint efforts to make our All Saints Day and All Souls Day safe and secured", General Visaya added.
Source: Philippine Information Agency