The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units in the National Capital Region (NCR) to ensure peace and security on May 1, Labor Day.
DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos issued the statement in light of possible protests in connection with Labor Day.
“While we support all lawful and peaceful activities in commemoration of Labor Day, we must ensure public safety and peace and order," he said.
“Let us make sure that a sizable security contingent will be fielded, particularly in known convergence areas, while the policy of maximum tolerance will be strictly observed by police security forces."
“I urge our Metro Manila LCEs (local chief executives) and the PNP leadership to enforce a strategic plan to cover various aspects of police operations such as traffic management, civil disturbance management, anti-criminality and counter-terrorism, emergency response, and other necessary measures for an orderly, peaceful, and successful event,” Abalos added.
The DILG chief said the public may coordinate with the National Capital Region Police Office through the following: 0915-888-8181 and 0999-901-8181. —Richa Noriega/VBL, GMA Integrated News