ILOILO CITY—The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) is deploying at least 2,678 police officers across Western Visayas region once the vaccination program for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rolls out.

“This is to ensure the safety and security of the COVID-19 mass vaccination program,” said Brigadier General Rolando Miranda, PRO-6 director.

“These personnel will provide security to the implementing teams from the Department of Health (DOH-6) and from the local government unit (LGUs),” Miranda added.

In terms of localities, Iloilo province will have the biggest number of deployment for COVID-19 vaccination program with 833 police personnel, followed by Negros Occidental province with 753.

Antique province will have 296 policemen, Capiz province with 268, Aklan province with 205, Iloilo City with 146, Guimaras province with 84, and Bacolod City with 35.

“We will be providing convoy and route security from the regional offices or storage facilities to the different storage areas in the cities and municipalities,” Miranda said.

Aside from cops in these areas, the Aviation Security Unit and the Regional Maritime Unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will separately deploy its own forces.

Source: Manila Bulletin (