Abra Gov assures safe staging of CARAA

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 2 (PIA) -- Abra Governor Joy Bernos assured a safe and secure staging of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) meet 2018 in the province of Abra following the bombing incident in the municipality of  La Paz barely 10 days before the actual event.


On Monday, Gov. Bernos attended the CARAA Technical Management Advisory Committee meeting at the Department of Education – Cordillera Regional Office here together with Abra Police Provincial Director PSSupt. Wilson Soliba, 24th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Thomas Dominic Baluga and CARAA Incident Commander Isabelo Belisario to present the security details and other preparations for the upcoming annual regional sports event to be hosted by the province of Abra from February 4 to 9.

Bernos explained that the incident that happened in town of La Paz during the Abel Festival was an isolated case that has nothing to do with the CARAA. “We will not allow an isolated case to mar the image of Abra that we have begun to build,” she said adding that it took at least 17 years for province to again host the regional sports competition in a better environment and more peaceful province.   

She informed that they will do everything to ensure that no criminal incident will mar the event with the security plan implemented jointly by the PNP and Philippine Army.

Soliba bared that at the moment, they have at least 700 personnel from the PNP and PA deployed in the entire Abra. An additional augmentation team from the Police Regional Office – Cordillera and the Northern Luzon Command is expected to arrive in the coming days in Abra. These are all ready to provide security in the billeting areas, playing venues and the entire province.

More than 5,500 delegates composed of athletes, coaches, trainers, supervisors and technical directors and some parents of the athletes from the different provinces in the Cordillera are expected in this athletic event that opens on Feb. 4.

“Abra is ready and safe and we will go there to play and enjoy without fear. We should not let one single isolated incident to mar our enthusiasm in going to Abra to play and enjoy during the CARAA,” DepEd-CAR

Assistant Regional Director Bettina Daytec-Aquino enjoined. Redjie Melvic Cawis(JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)


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