The Philippine Army and National Police in Negros Occidental are now on alert status to ensure a peaceful celebration of the Holy Week.
The New People's Army is also marking its 44 th founding anniversary on March 29, which falls on Good Friday.
Col. Oscar Lactao, 303 rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday said they are now observing red alert status, while Negrenses are set to have a lengthy break for the Holy Week.
The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Department of Transportation and Communication have established “help desks” in seaports, airport, bus terminals and along the national highway, to help commuters and motorists.
Senior Supt. Celestino Guara said the entire police personnel of NOPPO were also placed on alert status, in line with Oplan Semana Santa.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines, in a statement, assured that it will continue to conduct its joint security operations with other security and law enforcement agencies through the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Centers (JPSCCs) located all over the country.
AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos, however, said the decision to raise alert levels rests on the AFP's unified commanders, depending on their current assessment of the security conditions in their localities.
Burgos said the AFP, in support to the PNP, has been initiating proactive measures to prevent any form of threats and violence that may hamper the observance of the Lenten Season.
He added that the AFP will be ready to provide additional security contingencies like manpower, intelligence, Explosive and Ordnance Disposal teams, K9 capability, and medical teams in case these are needed to support the law enforcement operations of the PNP.*GPB