Calasiao security blanket a model for other fiestas

January 29, 2017 at 10:24 am Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – The successful security preparations spread out by the police for the four-day festival here could be a model for other towns or cities.
calasiao-policeCOPS. Policemen of Calasiao, Pangasinan pose with town Mayor Joseph Arman Bauzon (4th from left, front row) and their chief of police Superintendent Charles Umayam (5th from left, front law). The Calasiao Police Station has 80 policemen lead by Umayam and his two deputy chiefs of police and four Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUP). It has a Police to Population Ration of 1:1,380.

Police Superintendent Charles Umayam said the security challenge brought by the Calasiao Puto Festival in December 8-11 last year was daunting than those posed by the fiesta celebration of San Carlos City.
Although his present post is in a town, the chief of police explained that the thousands of people that attended the fiesta here could eclipse those that attended the fiesta in a big city like San Carlos.
Umayam said the huge crowd during the fiesta was due to urbanization of this burgeoning town and its proximity to Dagupan City.

When Umayam was the chief of police of San Carlos City, he used an airport liked metal detector on those who entered the public gymnasium, snipers loaned from the provincial police office (PPO) and multiplier forces that helped buttress his personnel.
The tight security plan in San Carlos was due to the death of the then  mayor there Julian Resuelo who was assasinated in the same gymnasium.
 “Nagkaroon din ng incident dito sa Calasiao na dito sa harap ng putuhan 2013 ata,” he said by referring to the fire fight between the groups of the Mesinas and Calaunans that resulted in the death of one members of the Mesina group and wounded several of them that included the present Vice Mayor Mahadeva DasMesina.
He said one of the factors for the function’s success was the additional police forces he borrowed from different units and the auxiliary forces like the Public Order & Safety Office from this town.
He said he was able to create one team from SWAT PPO in Lingayen, personnel from PPSC from Camp Narciso Ramos in Tayug, Pangasinan, four personnel from Bayambang and San Carlos City Police Stations, and 20 from the Philippine Army 702nd Infantry Brigade at the Camp Lieutenant Tito B. Abat to the celebration graced by actors and actresses from Manila.
“I have almost 100 policemen and 34 personnel from other units,” he explained.
Umayam did not use the service of the  snipers in the four-day fiesta here like what he did in San Carlos City because the events here were not stationary unlike in the former where the occasion was held in a closed area surrounded by higher buildings .
He said the event was successful because there was no untoward incident
Umayam said to preempt criminal elements from exploiting certain festivals, and to eliminate dangerous groups like terrorists, criminals, gangs, and unscrupulous individuals, stakeholders should have fund support to the security personnel, consultation and dialogue with the community, use social media for information like re-routing  traffic, and others.
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