MANILA -- As Holy Week approaches, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units (LGUs) to step up security in public places such as churches, malls and transport terminals.
The DILG also ordered the PNP to conduct frequent mobile patrols and set up checkpoints to prevent robbers like the Akyat Bahay Gang from breaking into homes while people are out-of-town.
DILG Secretary Mar Roxas also directed all LGUs to deploy barangay watchmen who can assist the police in maintaining peace and order.
"Ang Semana Santa ay di lamang panahon ng pagninilay-nilay; simulat rin ito ng panahon ng pagbabakasyon para sa pamilyang Pilipino kaya dapat maghanda ang mga local governments para masiguro na magiging ligtas at payapa ang panahong ito," Roxas said.
The public, meanwhile, was advised to be more cautious, and unplug all electrical devices, close LPG valves and switch off the main source of power before going on vacation to avoid fires.
"With only a few more days before Holy Week, we are undertaking all the necessary steps for a solemn observance of the Lenten Season and a stress-free holiday break," Roxas said.