By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – A total of 2,500 security forces were deployed here as the city started to implement the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 30 to April 14, according to Bacolod City Police Director Col. Henry Biñas.
Of this total figure, 1,500 are policemen, while 1,000 are augmentation personnel from the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). There will also be 500 watchmen and barangay officials in all 61 villages.
Out of the 1,500 police forces, Biñas said that 100 of them were augmentation personnel from Police Regional Office (PRO) – 6 already assigned here temporarily as beat patrollers, while 100 are undergoing Field Training Program, and the remaining personnel coming from the 10 police stations, BCPO headquarters, and the City Mobile Force Company.
Biñas said that some of these law enforcers were placed at check-up points in 24 identified strategic locations here.
“They will monitor possible violators of the ECQ, aside from the existing border check-up points,” he added.
He said that four personnel will be stationed in each strategic area, augmented by other law enforcers from other units.
He also said that he has directed police station personnel to conduct mobile patrols for roving and visibility patrol in the villages to ensure strict home quarantine among the residents here.
“We will be strict in guarding the streets because people should adhere to the government’s order to stay at home,” he added.
The city police director said that those who will be caught violating the ECQ will be brought to the nearest barangay gymnasium and will be reprimanded.
“They will be charged criminally if they resist and become aggressive to the authorities,” he added.