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#PALAWANISSAFE: WESCOM TIGHTENS SECURITY MEASURES IN PALAWAN AMIDST TRAVEL ADVISORIES

Published: Monday, 15 May 2017

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY -- Several days after the Interagency stakeholders in Palawan met to address the impact of the US Government’s Travel advisory in Palawan, the group continues to conduct coordinating efforts in order to keep Palawan safe for local residents and guests from any untoward incident.

The following are the notable joint security efforts:

• On May 10, the City Peace and Order Council convened an interagency meeting at the City Hall and discussed efforts against terrorism.

• On 11 May, another interagency meeting was held at the Empire Suite Hotel. Counter-terrorism efforts were discussed in the presence on City barangay chairpersons.

• On the same day, the ABC presidents of all Palawan towns were briefed at the Provincial Capitol, solicited their support and advised them on what to do.

• Also, on the same day, the Navy’s Augusta helicopter conducted air patrol in the are of Puerto Princesa City Underground River (PPUR). Philippine Marines and Naval Special Operation Unit troops also conducted mobile patrols and check points in Sabang area.

• On 12 May, joint AFP-PNP-PCG maritime patrols in Honda Bay and PPUR were conducted on board respective speedboats.

• Also, 2 speedboats of Rescue 165 with the Provincial Government personnel and 44th Marine Company conducted maritime patrol at littoral areas of Brookes Point, Sofornio Española, Narra and Aborlan.

• PCSD and 24th Marine Company patrolled at the vicinity of Unok Balabac and Bugsuk Island.

• On the same day, Philippine Marine Armored Fire Support Vehicle (V300 FSV) is now deployed at vicinity Brgy Salvacion, PPC attached with the joint checkpoint of Marines and Police personnel. WESCOM troops patrolled the jungle areas and inland waterways like Babuyan River, and Mauyon River.

• In Coron, a Joint Interagency security meeting with the resorts owners association was held at Darayunan Lodge. The president of the association as well as its board members were present. The heads of the interagency units were also present. The main agenda was on coordination and communications, in view of the need for an active response system. Mobile patrol and clearing operations by ground force are continuously undertaken. Seaborne patrol was conducted by WESCOM’s Patrol Craft (PC) 374 and PC735 along Coron, Culion and Linapacan.

• In El Nido, several interagency meetings on security were held in Linapacan to discuss joint efforts and action plans in patrolling along beach resorts in Northern El Nido and Linapacan areas. WESCOM’s Boat Attacks vessel and Patrol Crafts conducted patrol along Bacuit Bay and other tourist areas.
• WESCOM, thru Joint Task Force Malampaya met with the resorts owners at the SB Legislation Hall and discussed the security situation, and courses of action. Many had volunteered their resources especially the availability of speedboats and individuals to help gather information. Ground patrols are also being conducted.

• The Yacht Club of Palawan, Transport Group, and Hotel associations in Puerto Princesa City were also briefed on security measures and timely reporting of incidents and suspicious personalities.

• Likewise, the Palawan Coast Guard patrolled Tubattaha Reef and Natural Park. The Tubattaha Management Office has been very supportive of the security measures being implemented in said tourist destination.

• There had been almost 300 Palaweños who recently volunteered to join in our efforts against terrorism in securing Sabang area.

• Moreover, Joint AFP-PNP-PCG elements increased visibility on places of convergence such as the airport, terminals, public markets, malls, wharfs, ports and highly visited tourist destinations.

• Starting 13 May, the Provincial Government of Palawan Cessna 207, with Philippine Coast Guard personnel, will conduct daily deterrent air patrols from San Rafael, Puerto Princesa to Narra and Southern Palawan East Coast.

Over-all, the security posture of Palawan against terrorism expanded and greatly increased. The Provincial Government of Palawan and the City Government of Puerto Princesa committed their resources in support to law enforcement agencies. The LGUs also committed their support through strong neighborhood watch and timely reporting system. The business sector also committed their support by strengthening their respective security measures and timely reporting of any suspicious personalities and activities.

With the involvement of all sectors, Palawan is now more secured from the threats of ASG kidnapping, bombing and terrorism as a whole.We continue to urge our people in Palawan to remain calm and invite them to continue to remain vigilant and actively participate in strengthening our security posture. Let's always bear in mind that security is a shared concern and responsibility of everybody.

#PalawanisSafe

• WESCOM Hotline: ‪09178960014‬
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• PPC Police: ‪(048) 4334363‬
• Provincial Police: ‪(048) 4349889‬
• Palawan Coast Guard: ‪(048) 4332974‬
• PNP Maritime Palawan: ‪0917-8774838‬
• Bureau of Fire Protection: ‪(048) 4340012‬

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