CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — Barely 66 days before the holding of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, security forces have readied five security clusters to be deployed in different venues where some of the events would be held.
Police Brig. Gen Joel Napoleon Coronel, Central Luzon police chief, said the security personnel were divided into five groups, with the biggest contigents for Pampanga and Tarlac, while significant strength will be deployed in Subic, Bulacan and Angeles.
Close to 10,000 security personnel, Coronel said, will be mobilized to include 7,750 policemen and 1,500 military troops in separate SEAG venues.
“We will be deploying significant strength as security for delegates and sporting venues for SEA games. The deployment will begin as early as November 20 or ten days before the start of the much awaited events and up to the closing on December 14,” said Coronel during an ambush interview Wednesday.
Coronel, who was with Police Lt. General Camilo Prancatius Cascolan, chief of the PNP Directorial Staff, said budgetary and logistical requirements for the security forces will be funded by the organizing committee.
“We have submitted our budgetary and logistical needs of the security forces who will be deployed for two weeks including meals, subsistence allowance, transportation and communications,” Coronel explained.
Coronel and key officials of the Central Luzon PNP have met with the SEAG organizing committee where they mapped out plans including security and traffic preparations for the 30th ASEAN sports meet to be held at the New Clark City at Capas, Tarlac.
Coronel earlier dismissed reports of alleged plans by a left wing group to disrupt the sporting events come December, saying no fresh threats have been received by the intelligence family.
“So far, ang nakikitang problema is not from the left group but the influx of motorists to NCC to witness the SEAG. Tiyak magkakabuhol buhol ang mga sasakyan. Pero magmomobilize tayo ng mga traffic aide para makasiguro ng maayos na daloy ng mga sasaksyan lalo na sa bayan ng Capas,” Coronel told reporters.