We’re all set for MassKara

Panay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Mae Sin­guay

BA­COLOD City – “We’re all set for the MassKara fes­tiv­i­ties.”

These were the words of Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice di­rec­tor Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­detn Jack Wanky af­ter a sim­u­la­tion at the pub­lic plaza and the Ba­colod City Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter on Sept. 30.

The drill was a prepa­ra­tion for the 22- day MassKara Fes­ti­val in the city.

“This i s a world- class event. We ex­pect the in­flux of lo­cal and for­eign tourists, that is why we are do­ing our best to en­sure pub­lic safety,” said Wanky.

The sim­u­la­tion review team was l ed by Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Au­gus­tus Rhod­er­ick Alba, chief of the Op­er­a­tions and Plans Divi­sion of t he Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 6 (PRO-6).

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives o f gov­ern­ment agen­cies and other stake­hold­ers at­tended the sim­u­la­tion.

Ways to en­hance t he strate­gies on dif­fer­ent sc e n a r i o s du r i n g th e MassKara Fes­ti­val were dis­cussed.

PRO- 6 will as­sign 250 po­lice of­fi­cers to guard the cel­e­bra­tion while the Re­gional Pub­lic Safety Bat­tal­ion 6, 150, the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice, 100, and the Philippine Army, 15.

A t otal of 200 army re­servists and 250 vol­un­teers will also aug­ment BCPO’s 673 per­son­nel dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

Wanky said he re­quested K9 units from the Philippine Co a s t Guard an d th e Philippine Army.

Wanky also sent a gun ban re­quest to the Philippine Na­tional Po­lice head­quar­ters in Camp Crame, Que­zon City.

The re q u e s t , when ap­proved, will also ban peo­ple from bring­ing other deadly weapons such as pointed and hard ob­jects, belts with knives, and bot­tled beer in fes­ti­val sites.

The use of drones will not be al­lowed, too.

Wanky en­cour­aged the pub­lic to help the po­lice by re­port­ing sus­pi­cious ac­tions or per­sons./

WANKY

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