January 13, 2018
KALIBO, Aklan – The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) will mobilize around 700 uniformed police officers to secure the entire celebration of the 2018 Ati-Atihan Festival in this capital.
The PRO-6 personnel will augment local security officers in festival sites.
Senior Superintendent Lope Manlapaz, acting director of the Aklan Police Provincial Office, said the send-off ceremony for security forces of Site Task Group Ati will be any day next week.
Inner and outer border security and checkpoints of composite teams from the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army 12th Infantry Battalion will be in “full force,” too.
Police will set up police assistance centers, pedestrian screening areas, and observation posts in strategic areas in Kalibo. Some officers will also patrol the town on foot.
Emergency responders and firefighters, on the other hand, will be on standby in performance areas.
Site Task Group Ati conducted simulation exercises, pre-deployment briefings, and traffic rerouting in preparation for the festival.
Kalibo police chief Senior Inspector Honey Mae Ruiz urged revelers to cooperate with the local law enforcers in the implementation of municipal ordinances during Ati-Atihan.
Bringing of bottled alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, deadly weapons and backpacks are not allowed during sadsad, or street dancing.
Smoking in public places is also prohibited.
A gun ban in Kalibo took effect yesterday and will last until Jan. 21. (Aklan Forum Journal/PN)