The Philippine National Police (PNP) has given assurance of its readiness for the security of the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 set on August 25 to September 10 this year.
In a statement released on Thursday, the PNP said it would implement its ‘tried and tested’ security framework, the same setup implemented in past major events such as the 2015 Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the 2015 papal visit, the 2017 ASEAN conference, and the 2020 Miss Universe pageant, will serve as the template for FIBA 2023.
PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. expressed confidence in his men’s capabilities to provide a safe and secure environment to all participants, officials, and spectators of the cagefest.
“The PNP is fully committed to the success of this prestigious international event. We are working closely with our partner agencies to deliver a memorable experience for everyone involved,” Acorda said.
The opening ceremony followed by the opening matches between Angola vs. Italy and the Philippines vs. Dominican Republic will be held at the Philippine Arena in Ciudad de Victoria, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
A Security Task Force FBWC 2023 has been created as the primary body responsible for conducting security operations and other related public safety services during the event.
All organizations involved in the basketball tournament including the Philippine Sports Commission, the FBWC 2023 LOC, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, local government units, stakeholders, and other concerned agencies will be under the leadership of the PNP acting deputy chief for operations and the acting director for operations as overall supervisor.
Meanwhile PNP information chief Brig. Gen. Redrico Maranan emphasized the importance of collaboration and vigilance during the event. He urged the public to report any suspicious activities to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all.
The PNP vowed to achieve no untoward incident in the upcoming event.