MANILA—Malacañang on Tuesday called on Filipinos to cooperate with the government as it ramps up security measures for the Holy Week break.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said government agencies have been placed on heightened alert to ensure the safety and security of Filipinos traveling in the holidays.
"Public safety continues to be our top priority. These include additional security deployments in different areas of convergence, such as bus terminals, airports, seaports, vital government and private installations, churches, malls, and other public recreation areas," he said in a statement.
Panelo urged the public to cooperate with the government in the conduct of security checkpoints, as well as to comply with traffic rules.
"We call on the public for their support through cooperation in the conduct of safety checks and security checkpoints, compliance with traffic regulations and continued maintenance of complete situational awareness of their surroundings," he said.
Suspicious characters and unattended materials should also be reported immediately to authorities.
Panelo also said the Palace hopes the Lenten season would be used for reflection and renewal.
"Let us also remember that Lent is a time for reflection. It is a genuine message of solidarity to everyone regardless of the differences in our affiliation or denomination. May the life of sacrifice and humility that Jesus Christ had lived serve as an inspiration to us all so that we may continue to help each other especially in times of need and adversity," he said.
Malacañang has declared Maundy Thursday (April 13) and Good Friday (April 14) regular holidays, while Black Saturday(April 15) is a special non-working holiday.