DAVAO CITY Dec. 13 (PIA) - All security measures are set for the nine novena masses of the Misa de Gallo on December 16.
Police Captain Rose Aguilar, spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office said the security measures to be implemented in various Catholic churches are backed by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles through Police Colonel Kirby John Kraft who appealed to implement a one-entrance policy during the celebration.
She said Valles has sent a letter to all 39 churches in the city to observe the proper security measures.
"We are thankful to Archbishop Valles for supporting the one entrance policy that will be implemented during the Misa de Gallo celebrations," Aguilar said.
She explained that with the one-entrance policy, members of the security sector can really check on all who enter the churches.
Aguilar said thorough inspection can easily done by the police on banned items which must not be brought inside the church premises.
She said after the mass, the gates of the churches will be open for everyone to exit.
Aguilar said that police officers who perform administrative functions regularly will be assigned in churches as part of the deployment plan.
"The DCPO will augment manpower on police stations that have many churches like the Talomo Patrol Station which has many churches," she said.
Police Major Jason Baria, spokesperson of the Davao Region Police Office said the provincial and city directors have been given the task to implement their respective security plans for the Misa de Gallo and the Midnight Masses for Christmas and New Year's Eve, respectively, following the orders of Police Brigadier General Filmore Escobal, director of the Davao Region Police Office.
"We enjoin everyone police and civilian alike to support the security measures to ensure peace and order during the Yuletide celebrations," he said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)