Oplan SUMVAC activated in Pangasinan, TPLEx

VACATIONING families who are traveling to and from Pangasinan can be assured of 24/7 police and medical emergency assistance this summer.

The Police Provincial Office (PPPO) and Pangasinan’s Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction and Management office (PDRRMO) have began deploying personnel along the province’s main highways and in popular tourist destinations to ensure smooth public safety, flow of traffic smooth traffic and assist motorists.

P/Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, police community relations (PCR) chief, said the deployment signals the activation of OPLAN Summer Vacation (SUMVAC) – assignment of medical teams, volunteer radio groups, NGOs, PNP and Barangay peace action teams in strategic areas to help ensure security of the visitors and residents.

Florentino said this year’s SUMVAC, 90-95 percent of police personnel will be assigned to public areas to increase police visibility both as a deterrent to crimes and for public assistance.

Avenix Arenas, PDRRMO spokesperson, said PDRRMO already sent Water and Rescue (WASAR) teams closely monitor the Lingayen Beach and beaches in

13 coastal towns (Bolinao, Agno, Anda, Bani, Alaminos, Sual, Labrador, Binmaley, Dagupan City, San Fabian, Burgos, Dasol, and Infanta) to monitor swimming activities to help ensure zero drowning cases.

PDRRMO will strictly enforce the “6 PM No Swimming” policy along coastline while towns have been alerted to monitor all the rivers and others convergence areas to keep the public safe.

Meanwhile, Florentino said Task Force Maharlika, a combined operation of PPPO and Land Transportation Office (LTO), will deploy operatives to monitor traffic concerns along MacArthur Highway particularly along Rosales to Sison to enforce discipline among motorists passing along MacArthur Highway.

Florentino clarified that LTO has deputized PNP teams only for ‘Maharlika’ that covers SCTEX and TPLEX.

PPO will also assign teams in the three exit points (Rosales, Urdaneta and Binalonan) of TPLEX because of the expected influx of visitors and tourist this summer vacation.

The request of P/Sr. Supt Ronald Lee for LTO regional office to deputize police to enforce traffic laws in Manaoag, Binmaley and Lingayen is not covered by it.

Arenas said, PDRRMO already monitored around 10,000 beach goers who visited the Lingayen Beach last weekend. The number is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

The Provincial Health Office will also station teams to provide medical assistance to the beachgoers. PDRRMO warned the beachgoers to be alert in the possible attack of jelly fish because it is during this season when the jelly fish proliferate. (Nora Dominguez)