The security ministry kicked off the Christmas season Thursday with a display of force involving some 300 officers.
This is the annul effort to safeguard downtown shoppers and protect those who have received their annual Christmas bonus, the aguinaldo.
Police officers formed up in ranks at Parque Central just west of the Catedral Metropolitana for a pep talk.
Officials said that the patrols will involve motorcycles, bicycles, and police cars.
Police will pay special attention to automatic teller locations, bus stops and wherever groups of people congregate, officials said.