All security preparations have been laid down to ensure the smooth inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday, June 30.
Ahead of this, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) activated the National Incident Management Team on Wednesday, June 29, in preparation for the oath-taking of Marcos Jr. as the 17th president of the country.
The OCD will lead the deployment of personnel who will assist in the monitoring and coordination for emergency preparedness during the oathtaking of the incoming president.
A final rehearsal of the inaugural parade of the security forces for Marcos Jr. was also held at the National Museum to ensure their preparedness for the event.
More than 15,000 uniformed personnel will be deployed in and around the National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila where Marcos Jr. will be inaugurated while thousands more will act as augmentation forces.
They will come from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Health (DOH) and other related agencies.
For the AFP, the Philippine Army’s Regiment Artillery will perform a howitzer salute to Marcos Jr. by firing ceremonial shots using their recently acquired 105mm Howitzers.
Meanwhile, the PCG will also deploy its two brand-new multi-role response vessels, the BRP Teresa Magbanua (MRRV-9701) and BRP Melchora Aquino (MRRV-9702) for the simultaneous blowing of horns in recognition of the new president.
“These ships will be in full dress in accordance with the inauguration of President-elect Marcos Jr. The simultaneous blowing of horns will be held after the incoming president says the words ‘So help me God,’” the PCG said.