From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 26): Police intensify security in NorMin
The new police regional director, Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb, of Northern Mindanao, on Monday ordered to intensify security measures in all checkpoints in the region, both static and mobile.
Pacleb, who randomly inspected a few checkpoints in Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental Friday afternoon, discovered that some of these were lax than others.
“It must be uniformed and standardized, especially the entry points in the city. There must only be one system that is applied to all entry checkpoints,” he said.
Pacleb ordered that all public passengers must alight from their vehicles, walk in a single line and have themselves and their hand-carried luggage be frisked before returning to the public utility vehicles (buses, jeepneys, vans, etc.). The PUVs themselves must be checked separately.
Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) spokesperson Chief Insp. Mardy Hortillosa said that under the new directive, a checkpoint must be manned by at least eight personnel.
With the Cocpo manpower already stretched, they were given a boost over the weekend by reinforcements from the Malaybalay City-based 403rd Brigade, which sent a battalion-size force who will help man checkpoints, rove around the city and be on call when the need arises.
In a related development, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 10 has also installed a Haz Mat checkpoint along the national highway at barangay Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City.
All tankers and similar vehicles containing chemicals must be flagged down and inspected by BFP personnel coming from the east and south portion going towards Cagayan de Oro.
A similar checkpoint was earlier set up in Iligan City and west of Misamis Oriental. A week after the Marawi City conflict broke out, the Haz Mat checkpoint in Iligan was able to intercept tons of chemicals believed bomb components.