LEGAZPI CITY – The Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) is stepping up its counter-security measures to preclude electoral protest actions that may disturb the peace and order situation by establishing Operational Plan (Oplan) “Bicol Shield”.

In a statement on Thursday, Maj. Malu Calubaquib, PRO-5 spokesperson, said the initiative shall be directly concerned with addressing civil disturbances and crowd control that may probably arise following the proclamation of the winning candidates in the recently concluded national and local elections.

"Oplan Bicol Shield shall be composed of civil disturbance management (CDM) contingents who were previously deployed at the different polling precincts. They shall be organized by platoon and be prepositioned at their respective police stations and dispatched to all identified assembly areas," Calubaquib said.

She also said the Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF) at the Police Provincial Office and Naga City Police Office shall also establish their CDM teams that will be ready for deployment as the need arises.

Calubaquib said PRO-5 will set up strategic control points along major thoroughfares and main supply routes to prevent the entry of left-leaning organizations and cause-oriented groups that may be planning to go to Manila to hold protest rallies.

"This will be undertaken in close coordination with the Land Transportation Office, Highway Patrol Group, Armed Forces of the Philippines, force multipliers, and other partner agencies," she said.

PRO-5 likewise seeks the public’s cooperation in its effort to maintain peace in Bicol. (PNA)