City cops is­sue tips this hol­i­day

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THE BAGUIO City Police Of­fice traf­fic and op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion chiefs is­sued safety tips for both res­i­dents and tourists plan­ning to spend their Christ­mas va­ca­tion in the city.

BCPO Traf­fic Di­vi­sion Chief In­spec­tor Oliver Pan­a­bang ad­vised res­i­dents and tourists to leave their ve­hi­cles at home or at their ac­com­mo­da­tions and in­stead com­mute or walk to their des­ti­na­tions.

“That’s the way to do it if you want to en­joy your stay in the city be­cause if you will in­sist in us­ing your ser­vice ve­hi­cles, then you must be ready to get stuck in traf­fic,” Pan­a­bang warned.

The ex­o­dus of tourists into the city dur­ing the hol­i­days had caused heavy traf­fic con­ges­tion in the city in the past years.

This prompted the city police to con­tinue re­vis­ing and de­vis­ing schemes to ease the sit­u­a­tion.

City Res­o­lu­tion 40017 re­quires owners and man­agers of ho­tels, inns, con­do­mini­ums and tran­sient houses in the city to sup­port the ad­vo­cacy by re­mind­ing their guests to leave their ve­hi­cles and make use of pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles in touring the city.

Pan­a­bang said there are around 44,000 ve­hi­cles ply­ing the city’s streets as against the only 3,000 plus park­ing slots avail­able.

The num­ber of ve­hi­cles dou­bles when tourists ar­rive so the road sit­u­a­tion be­comes more com­pli­cated.

He also re­minded com­muters to be con­scious of their be­long­ings to pre­vent leav­ing them in taxi cabs or if not, take note of the cell phone num­ber writ­ten in the body of the taxi for easy trac­ing.

“Po­lice­men de­vote too much time to trac­ing these be­long­ings yet we can­not com­plain be­cause it is part of our job. We just feel that the time spent in fol­low­ing up these in­ci­dents could have been used in other more ur­gent cases,” he said.

For his part, Op­er­a­tions Di­vi­sion Chief Johnny Balaki ad­vised res­i­dents and visi­tors to also be mind­ful of their se­cu­rity while in the city.

“We our­selves should take care of our own be­long­ings es­pe­cially since thieves take ad­van­tage of spe­cial oc­ca­sions where there are more peo­ple.

“When you join crowds, make sure that your things are se­cured. When leav­ing the house, make sure that it is se­cure, all doors and gates are locked. Be wary of tricks like bu­dol-bu­dol,” Balaki said.

Act­ing city police di­rec­tor Eliseo Tand­ing said they have pre­pared

spe­cial op­er­a­tion schemes for the hol­i­days to mit­i­gate crimes.

A to­tal of 200 men will be de­ployed to be aug­mented by force mul­ti­pli­ers in the dif­fer­ent barangays.

The city police de­vise strate­gies ac­cord­ing to the re­quire­ments of the ac­tiv­ity or oc­ca­sion set in the city, ac­cord­ing to Pan­a­bang.

“We ap­peal to the peo­ple to co­op­er­ate with these traf­fic mea­sures and please do re­spect our traf­fic rules,” he said.

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