Task Force Davao (TFD) said it is on heightened security following the bombing incident in Tulunan, North Cotabato on Wednesday that killed one and wounded five others.
In a statement Thursday, TFD commander Consolito Yecla said additional forces were sent to checkpoints and terminals in Davao City, while security inspections on vehicles entering the city have been intensified.
“We inspected the buses utilizing canine dogs and deployed additional personnel in the checkpoints, especially in the Sirawan checkpoint,” he said.
Yecla said that they are also closely coordinating with the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) management for the inspection of the buses in the terminal and agreed to implement the “no picking up of passengers” outside of the terminal.
“Picking up passengers outside of the terminal is a violation of our security standard operating procedure because they are supposed to be inspected when they enter DCOTT,” he added.
Dabawenyos are also reminded of the “No Unattended Baggage Policy,” especially in terminals.
“If they see unattended boxes or bags, they should report it immediately to the authority. And if they have belongings, they should not leave them anywhere because it may cause panic,” Yecla reminded.
Yecla said TFD has also coordinated with the Coast Guard for the heightened monitoring of the Davao Gulf.
They are also working, he said, with the government intelligence units outside the city for better information sharing on the activities of terrorist groups in neighboring areas.
On the other hand, Col. Kirby John Kraft, Davao City Police Office chief, said all police stations in the city have already created 24-hour checkpoints that will be operational for a week.
Kraft urged all travelers going through the city’s checkpoints to cooperate and must submit themselves for inspection if necessary. SOVEREIGNPH