Major Ma. Teresita Gaspan, Davao City Police Office spokesperson. (Screengrab)

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has suspended the permit to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR) effective June 16 to midnight of June 21 in the Davao Region for the inauguration of Vice President-elect Sara Z. Duterte here Sunday.

Maj. Ma. Teresita Gaspan, the city police spokesperson, said the PTCFOR suspension would ensure the safety and security of the public during the event.

“The PNP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other security counterparts are all set for the inauguration. Intensified security measures were done from preparations up to the event,” Gaspan said in a television interview Thursday.

She said some 4,076 security forces will be deployed at the San Pedro Square, the site of the event, and around the city.

All city ordinances concerning health and security protocols are in effect for the event, she said, adding: “Wearing of facemask is mandatory. Bringing backpacks and wearing jackets are not allowed.”

Gaspan said drone flying is prohibited in the area in the absence of security clearance.

She reminded the public who wish to witness the event to be prepared since the event will push through “rain or shine.”

“Umbrellas are not allowed, that's why the security forces prepared raincoats for the visitors, elderly, and I guess there are raincoats available for the public as well,” she said. (PNA)