The security plan for the month-long Pasko Fiesta 2019 is ready for full implementation with more security forces up for deployment for the opening event.
Angel Sumagaysay, the head of the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), said, “We are more than ready for the Pasko Fiesta. There will be augmentations coming from the Police Regional Office 11 for additional warm bodies.”
Sumagsaysay said coordination meetings were held in the run-up to the Pasko Fiesta opening on Friday (22 November) at 5:30 p.m., City Hall grounds.
Friday’s opening is expected to draw hundreds of spectators being one of the major highlights of this year’s Christmas celebration.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Police Colonel Kirby John Kraft said police personnel have been detailed to the San Pedro Police Station and the Sta. Ana Police Station to help secure the San Pedro Square, a Maximum Security Zone-declared zone.
Kraft said the temporary detailing of personnel to San Pedro Police and Sta. Ana Police Stations is one of the measures done to maintain peace and order throughout the celebration.
“More forces were detailed at Sta. Ana and San Pedro Police Station where most of the activities will take place. This is to ensure the peaceful conduct of the activities,” he said.
Kraft said the police have also secured the Roxas Night Market due to the influx of people, especially with the upcoming holidays.
“There will be more police in the street and more security personnel in the venues of Pasko Fiesta,” he said.
The city government has lined up several activities such as the Pasko Fiesta Carnival, Pasko Pahalipay sa Barangay, Pahalipay ni Santa, 3D Wall Mapping, Hulagway sa Pasko, Panaygon sa Davao, Pasko sa mga Lumad, Torotot Festival, Sayaw sa Pasko and others. CIO