In terms of security preparations, Sarangani Provincial Police Office spokesperson Lt. Col. Jose Teody Condesa said they came up with a contingency plan with the security and the province’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to ensure a peaceful celebration.
This year, Condesa said, they are expecting more than 150,000 spectators “hence we are making sure na ‘yung ating attendees for the Sarbay are safe and protected.”
Aside from the 200 police officers deployed, there are also augmentation from the Philippine Navy, Regional Mobile Force, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection and other agencies.
Solon said the Armed Forces of the Philippines also deployed two vessels while the Philippine Coast Guard “will be watching the shoreline to make sure no unregistered vessels will be crossing the area while the event is happening.”
“We have (also) 10 dogs which are drug sniffing and the others are for the improvised explosive devices,” he said.
Medics and Rescue, composed of the Provincial Health Office, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and from the Bureau of Fire Protection are also deployed as standby teams with six ambulances ready for use. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)