2018 EVRAA Meet
CALBAYOG CITY- About 400 policemen are to be deployed in this city to secure the more than 8,000 athletes, and sports officials who will participate in the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) Meet that is to start Sunday (February 4).
Calbayog City PNP OIC Chief Supt. Jose Junal Alamalo said of this assigned policemen, over 300 of them were from different police stations of the region.
Also deployed to help secure the safety of the young athletes and their coaches as well as the visitors are members of the Army, Coast Guard and other allied agencies who sent personnel to support in securing the regional sports events.
“As of now, we have 400 personnel coming from the PNP. That’s aside from those coming from the military, Coast Guard and other allied agencies who will work hand in hand to secure the delegates and guests,” Alamo said.
The security personnel are to be deployed to different billeting schools, playing venues, and other places in the city proper.
Alamo added that they will strictly implement policies, particularly in all the billeting venues, like the no ID no entry policy, to make sure that no unauthorized person could enter the premises.
“The no ID no entry in each billeting school will be implemented to make sure that no unauthorized person will be allowed to enter. This is part of the security measure that seems effective,” Alamo added.
He added that police visibility will be heightened and checkpoints in strategic places in the city will be put up during the week-long sporting activity.
“Police visibility is very important and that is what we are doing. We want to let the people feel of our presence and assured their security,” Alamo said.
For the past months, Calbayog City, this year’s host of the regional athletic event, had been haunted by series of killing incidents allegedly perpetrated by members of the private armed groups.
But the PNP assured that the delegates and guests who are in the city for the biggest event in the region will be safe.
“We are doing our best for the security of all delegations and guests. What we are just asking is the cooperation of everyone. Calbayog City, in general, is peaceful,” Alamo assured the public.