Taguig chips in to Asean security
The city government of Taguig is sending its men from the Disaster and Rescue Unit and Social Welfare and Development Office to join the 60,000 public officers tasked to ensure peace and order situation during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nation summit this month.
Mayor Laarni Cayetano said the DRU and SWDO personnel were formally deployed during their send-off ceremony on Sunday at the Quirino Grandstand for next week’s Asean Summit to be held in Manila and Pampanga from Nov. 10 to 14.
The ceremonial sendoff included around 12,000 military men to provide security to heads of state and delegates for the summit. They are a fraction of more than 60,000 personnel from different national and local government units who will be assigned to secure the summit.
Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy said aside from the large deployment of troops, government resources are also prepared to monitor, respond and provide support during the event. Joel E. Zurbano
These resources include 203 patrol cars, 394 motorcycles, 22 armored cars, 30 helicopters, 59 fire trucks, 94 ambulances, 125 explosive detection dogs/K9, and 82 sniper teams.
Cuy added that several Joint Task Groups, and Sub-Task Units (STUs) have also been organized and are on deck with their personnel and logistics to ensure that the summit will run as smoothly and peacefully as possible.
Philippine National Police director Ronald Dela Rosa said the 19,000-strong police force is all set and ready for ASEAN 2017.
This year’s ASEAN Summit will be attended by heads of state of the 10 ASEAN-member nations, dialogue partners, observer states, and other invited delegates from the Asia-Pacific region.