Saturday, November 15, 2014
PNP Maps Security Plan for Papal Visit
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is making early preparations ahead of the scheduled visit of Pope Francis in January next year.
PNP Chief Director General Alan L Purisima said the PNP will apply the principle of “Whole of Government Approach” and Major Event Security Management Framework in security operations for the January 2015 Papal Visit that will be highlighted by several engagements of the Pope in different venues.
The Chief PNP has designated Deputy Chief for Operations, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina, as task force commander for the PNP Special Task Force “Papal Visit 2015.”
Espina will provide strategic direction, monitor and supervise the operations of PNP Units and personnel that will compose the different task groups in the different venues.
Several PNP task groups have been organized to provide a wide range of security functions in all areas of engagement.
The PNP will also provide operational support to the Presidential Security Group which is tasked to provide close-in security and safety services to the Pope and His entourage.
The Chief PNP is a member of the multi-agency Papal Visit-National Organizing Committee tasked with the management and coordination of all plans and activities, maintain peace and order, and safeguard participants. This include public safety assistance necessary for order maintenance and police services for crowd control, vehicular and pedestrian traffic direction and route, parking and venue security.
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