BORONGAN CITY, December 16, 2019—The police force of the city of Borongan has beefed up security deployment for the last leg of the national surfing competition of the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT).
Security measures have been intensified following the ambush on December 13 at the outskirts of Borongan City allegedly perpetrated by armed communist rebels that left a policeman and 2 civilian dead and 15 others wounded.
“We have dispersed Intel Operatives…so we’ll definitely check suspicious looking persons. And also, carrying of deadly weapons and fire arms inside and outside the competition area is strictly prohibited,” said Borongan City chief of police Douglas Eloja in an interview with ESTE News.
According to the squad leader Sgt. Michael Calvara, AFP personnel from 14th IB will back up the security for the said event.
“The PNP Borongan is (short) of manpower because we are few and far between. Therefore, I coordinated with other units such as our mobile force and AFP personnel from 14th IB,” Eloja added.
The city government of Borongan is hosting the PSCT in partnership with Surf Riders Club of Eastern Samar.
Held from December 15 to 20, the “Surf in the City” is expected to attract about 200 competitors from 12 regions throughout the Philippines.
According to Surf in the City social media page, Borongan City is the birthplace of surfing in the Visayas where its easily accessible bay area “offer different types of waves that suit all ages and skill levels.” (Hazel Llaneta / Eastern Samar News Service)