The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) said that it is stepping up its operation for the holidays to ensure the safety of the public while celebrating Thanksgiving Day, among others.

Public Safety Director Aloysius Alonz, in a text message, said that they have increased their patrols for the Thanksgiving Day and Family Day celebrations. He, however, did not elaborate on the numbers of patrol officers to be deployed in the streets.

A pre-Thanksgiving traffic can be observed yesterday, November 27, in main streets of Koror.

Shoppers can also be seen buying turkeys and other goods in the major shopping centers of Palau while sales attendants can be seen refilling produce goods by the early afternoon as shelves were almost empty as grocers buy their goods.

Meanwhile, Vice President and Justice Minister Raynold Oilouch, in a statement, reminded the public to keep safety at the forefront as they celebrate the Thanksgiving Day.

“Our Office of Vice President and Ministry of Justice wishes everyone safety and good times as we celebrate with friends and family this upcoming Thanksgiving Day and Family Day,” the statement from the vice president read.