Amid issues on terrorism and insurgency in the Philippines, Silliman University (SU) tightens security especially for the Hibalag Booth Festival (HBF) starting Aug. 20.
Edgar Ygnalaga, officer-in-charge of SU Public Assistance and Security Office (PASO), said they are deploying more security officers during the Founders Day.
“We are on guard and cautious regardless of whether there are national security threats or not,” Ygnalaga said.
He said that they are now continually strengthening their security force ever since the Marawi and Guihulngan incidents.
However, Yganalaga cannot disclose the specific details for security measures done during the Hibalag celebration.
Al-khaizer Bael Warad, Committee on Student Organizations security officer for Hibalag, said that they have requested for more security personnel, as well as police and army officers.
However, Warad calls for the public to remain vigilant all the time.
“Students should cooperate with the authorities in establishing a safe and orderly HBF and Founder’s week celebration,” Warad said.
Vice President for Development Jane Annette Belarmino advised the students to always wear their IDs and be mindful of their surroundings.
“Every year, we are going through security measures. We are just being prudent and careful especially with what happened recently in Guihulngan, Siaton, and in Marawi. The university is just acting prudently to make sure that everybody is safe during the Hibalag,” she said.