SIQUIJOR, April 11 (PIA) – The Siquijor Police Provincial Office (SPPO) is on full alert to ensure the safety of both inhabitants and tourists on the island especially during these Lenten and summer seasons.
SPPO Deputy Director for Administration Police Superintendent Enrique Belcina, in a monthly forum of the Siquijor Association of Information Disseminators (SAID), said security measures are heightened following unconfirmed reports spreading in the social media that a group of suspected terrorists were spotted in the vicinity Central Visayas including the island of Siquijor.
Belcina said intelligence personnel in all police stations provincewide are advised to tap the Barangay Intelligence Networks (BINs) and the barangay officials to activate monitoring particularly in coastline areas and those that are frequented by tourists.
He said a platoon from the Philippine Army composed of 28 military personnel and another 16 personnel from the regional safety battalion are deployed in strategic areas surrounding the island to assist the existing local PNP forces.
Security measures are also in place in Mt. Bandilaan where the annual Healing Festival is observed during the Holy Week.
Checkpoints on 24/7 are set up to secure the visitors, he said.
Meanwhile, the residents, business establishments, and resort owners are advised to be vigilant and be on guard especially that more tourists are flocking into the island to spend the Holy Week and summer.
Belcina also urged the locals to report to authorities unusual or suspicious activities in their area. (rmn/rac/PIA7-Siquijor)