Prime Minister's Office of the Republic of Panama

02/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 20:07

25 thousand units deployed to provide protection for carnivals

More than 25 thousand units that make up the Joint Task Force (FTC Ayuda) are ready throughout the national territory to provide security to thousands of Panamanians and foreigners who began the exodus towards the interior of the country, on the occasion of the days off for carnival parties, said President Juan Carlos Varela.

The President, who inspected the Emergency Operations Center (COE), located strategically in Aguadulce, province of Coclé and other points on the Pan-American Highway, said that these men and women are ready to protect the population during these days off.

'From the Operations Center we guarantee the population your transfer and protection. We wish all Panamanians a good carnival, enjoy with your families. We ask you to celebrate, but with prudence, that you take care of yourself and remember that you are the first line of security; we will be ready to respond to any eventuality', said the President.

The direct participation of the Panamanian President in this operation is a sign of support for the members of the security entities that work during these days, support announced by Varela last Wednesday during the launch of 'Titan, Safe Summer 2018'.

These security units provide support in different parts of the national geography, where the Carnival activities take place.

Equally, they will be responsible for ensuring public order and the safety of citizens in spas, beaches, rivers, as well as places where the culecos are developed. In addition, they will maintain surveillance in residential and commercial areas.

This Friday began the inversion of lanes by the Transit Authority and Land Transport to facilitate the transfer from the capital city to the interior of the Republic.

As part of this operation, have been deployed units of the Direction of Traffic Operations of the National Police (PN) and inspectors of the Transit Authority and Land Transportation (ATTT), in order to maintain surveillance on the Inter-American Highway.

The National Police established control points and safety rings, backed by vehicles, motorcycles and high-tech vehicles, to ensure healthy coexistence in the different points where carnival activities will take place.

Similarly, on the docks and quays shall be operational security for travelers to use lifejackets at the time of sailing with the support of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and the National Naval Air Service (SENAN).