TASK Force Davao (TFD) assured on Thursday the people of Davao City and other local and foreign tourists of a terrorism-free celebration of the 2013 Kadayawan Festival.
"Hindi lang magiging masaya ang stay niyo dito for Kadayawan, safe din," Task Force Davao commander Colonel Casiano Monilla said during the I-Speak Forum at the City Hall conference room Thursday.
Monilla said TFD will work in close coordination with the Public Safety and Security Command Center and Davao City Police Office to ensure that nothing untoward incident will happen during the celebration.
He said they will not only secure the festival's events, but also the other places in the city that are populated like malls, among others.
The TFD head said he has asked the 1003rd Brigade to send two platoons to conduct patrol within the city.
"Eto yung ini-inplace natin, to conduct mobile checkpoints in areas that would lead to the city proper," Monilla said.
At least three companies are deployed to man the city's checkpoints and another two patrol groups two guard the shorelines, according to Monilla.
"We closely monitor sa mga terrorists to ensure na we will be a step ahead sa kanila. Gumagalaw pa lang sila, alam na naming agad," he said.
Despite the negative travel advisory released by three countries, he said he can safely say that there is no direct terrorism threat in Davao City.
Although Monilla admitted that there are terrorist groups in Mindanao, they have not so far monitored any direct threat to this city.
"We always think na meron silang attempt, so we can act properly and secure Davao City," Monilla said.
In preparation for the Kadayawan Festival, he said they will be beefing up their security forces by adding another layer in Binugao, Toril for checkpoints.