MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has urged the public to keep in mind several safety tips for an accident-free and crime-free Holy Week.
Speaking to ANC’s “Top Story” on Wednesday, PNP spokesman Agrimero Cruz urged those leaving for the Holy week break to secure their homes since thieves are usually active during this time.
He advised the public to designate a trustworthy neighbor or a village official to watch their homes if it will be left unattended for a long period.
“Sa ating mga kababayan na magbabakasyon at iiwanan ang kanilang tahanan, kung pupwede po ay isilid ng husto ang mga pintuan at mga bintana ng sa ganoon ay hindi tayo pasukin ng magnanakaw. Mas maganda kung ihahabilin natin ang ating mga bahay sa mapagkakatiwalaang kapitbahay o ‘di kaya’y opisyales ng ating barangay,” Cruz said.
“’Yung ating mga appliances, dapat naka-unplug ito para hindi tayo malagay sa risk ng sunog,” he added.
Cruz also offered road safety tips to families who wish to take advantage of the long holiday by driving out of town.
He said the PNP-Highway Patrol Group has added a spin to the motoring term “BLOWBAG” or brakes, light, oil, water, batteries, air and gas.
“Ang ating Highway Patrol Group, mayroong ‘BLOWBAGETS’ o engine, tires at self. Dapat nakahanda ang ating sarili sa long drive,” he said.
Cruz also advised commuters taking public transportation against bringing excessive amounts of cash and wearing jewelry.
“Huwag masyado magdala ng madaming pera at magsuot ng napakaraming alahas dahil magnet ‘yan sa mga masasamang loob,” said Cruz.
The spokesman also said that while the PNP will look after the public’s safety during the long break, the public’s cooperation in this endeavor is just as important.
“Hangad ng ating Philippine National Police ang masayang bakasyon para sa ating mga kababayan at makabuluhang Semana Santa. Hindi papayagan ng PNP ang mabawasan itong saya na ito at gagawin ang lahat para makamtan ang saya ng ating mga kababayan,” he said.
“Kailangan ng pakikiisa ng ating mga kababayan,” Cruz added.