Bacolod City, Philippines – On October 4, 2023, the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), in collaboration with various government agencies including SOCO, DRRMO, AFP, BFP, AMITY, and the CHAMBER, conducted a crucial simulation exercise.

The event was held at the BCPO Headquarters, with the primary goal of ensuring the safety and security of constituents during the upcoming MassKara Festival 2023 and Barangay and Sangguninang Kabataan Election (BSKE) 2023.

Under the capable leadership of PCOL Noel Aliño, this simulation exercise marked a significant step in preparing for two major events that draw large crowds and heightened security concerns. The BCPO, along with its partner agencies, focused on enhancing their capacity to respond effectively to potential threats such as hostage situations, bomb threats, and high-risk checkpoints.

MassKara Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in the Philippines, known for its vibrant masks, street dance competitions, and lively music. With thousands of locals and tourists expected to attend, the security of the festival is a top priority.

Moreover, the Barangay and Sangguninang Kabataan Election (BSKE) is a significant democratic event that involves the election of local leaders. Ensuring a peaceful and secure election process is crucial for the city’s governance and stability.

The simulation exercise received a thorough assessment from the PRO 6 Red Team, comprising experienced officers including PBGEN ARCHIVAL D MACALA, Deputy Regional Director for Administration; PCOL GILBERT T GORERO, Regional Operations Management Division; and PCOL ADRIAN V ACOLLADOR, OIC, Regional Community Affairs and Development Division. Their evaluation will undoubtedly help fine-tune the BCPO’s strategies and response plans.

This collaborative effort with various government agencies and the evaluation by the PRO 6 Red Team demonstrate a proactive approach to public safety. As the city gears up for these significant events, residents and visitors can rest assured that their safety remains a top priority for the BCPO and its partner agencies.

(Source: Bacolod City Public Information Office)

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