City hall, police firm up plans for Holy Week PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 11:39

Mayor Beng Climaco and City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. yesterday met with City Police OIC Director Col. Angelito Casimiro and the heads of the 11 police sub-stations and other stakeholders to finalize plans for the Holy Week set April 16-19.

Being her first time to spearhead preparations as chief executive, Climaco said she wants to make sure that everything is in place for the Holy Week with the ultimate goal of ensuring the safety and protection of the people who will troop to the Climaco Freedom Park or Abong-abong in Pasonanca, Catholic churches and other places of devotion for their Lenten rituals.

Having visited the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong Wednesday night, the mayor also put forward her observations and called on the police authorities and concerned City department heads to make the necessary improvements and possibly review current plans.

Climaco issued Executive Orders BC-47 and BC-48—the first one imposing a prohibition on the bringing, sale and drinking of liquor/ intoxicating drinks at the freedom park during the holy week and the second one providing for the implementation of a temporary re-routing scheme on roads leading to Mayor Cesar Climaco Freedom Park, Pasonanca for the duration of the observance of the holy week.

Col. Casimiro, in coordination with Task Force Zamboanga, has prepared a comprehensive security plan including a traffic scheme dubbed “Oplan Semana Santa” to ensure law and order in all places of worship.

Casimiro’s presentation on oplan semana santa was part of a bigger plan for the Summer Vacation (SUMVAC). All other police sub- station chiefs also presented their operation plans containing security details for the different parishes and other places of convergence in their respective areas of responsibility.

The City Health Office in coordination with other health agencies like the Zamboanga City Medical Center, Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga Chapter and other agencies will also deploy doctors and health volunteers to provide first aid to people who would be encountering health problems while doing their Lenten rituals at the Abong-abong Park.

The coordinative meeting held at the City Hall conference room Monday afternoon was also attended by representatives from Task Force Zamboanga, City Health Office, religious sector, Zamboanga Red Cross, STOP DEATH, radio clubs, barangay officials from San Roque, Tumaga, Sta. Maria, Baliwasan and other agencies concerned. — Sheila Covarrubias