MANILA, Oct. 27 (PNA) -– To tighten security in shopping malls this coming Yuletide season, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II has directed the packaging of a customized police intervention for the different malls in Metro Manila.
Roxas directed National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Director General Carmelo Valmoria to order the different station commanders who has jurisdiction over these malls to coordinate with mall owners to get data about the foot traffic and security guards manning the establishments and package a “pasadya” or customized intervention based on these data.
He said “ibang patient ito, so separate gamot, separate therapy (This is a different patient, so it needs a separate medication, separate therapy).”
He also ordered the NCRPO to implement the “pasadya” approach in the eight crime-prone areas in Metro Manila, including Masambong area in Quezon City, Sampaloc in Manila, Pasig City and Mandaluyong City.
Roxas earlier likened the strategy to a tailor who sometimes makes outfits which are custom-made for particular clients.
“This is an area which has its own characteristics. Do a specific intervention,” he said.
Roxas also ordered Valmoria to coordinate with mall owners to declare these areas as crime-free shoppers zone.
Roxas said the deployment of additional 1,300 police personnel to crime prone areas is part of the “pasadya” approach.
He likewise directed the installation of high-resolution closed circuit television (CCTVs) in these convergence areas before the Christmas season. (PNA)