National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Guillermo Eleazar yesterday said the practice of rotating the schedules of police personnel for Christmas and New Year to give way for holiday breaks would not be adopted this year.
In a radio interview, Eleazar said securing the people in Metro Manila would entail the full force of the NCRPO and its district offices.
“While everyone is enjoying the holiday break, the NCRPO will ensure the safety of the public,” said Eleazar. “We will not have any Christmas or New Year’s break because we cannot afford the personnel to spare.”
Eleazar said more than 10,000 security personnel — composed of 7,800 cops and force multipliers — would help maintain peace and order in Metro Manila. He assured the people the policemen deployed would be approachable and would react accordingly to any complaints from the public.
“All in all, we are deploying 7,800 police personnel, who will be augmented by almost the same number of force multipliers for the entire holidays,” Eleazar said.
Previously, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said security measures were already in place to ensure that people moving around during the holidays, especially those participating in Simbang Gabi, are safe.
He also clarified that the tightened security for this yuletide season is only preventive and a target-hardening measure, as no solid security threat has been monitored.