Beng issues EOs to ensure solemn, orderly Holy Week PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:47

No backpacks in Abong-abong


Mayor Beng Climaco this week issued two executive orders implementing a traffic rerouting scheme and prohibiting liquor including bladed weapons, firearms and backpacks at the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong for the duration of the observance of Holy Week from April 1-4.

Intended to ensure a solemn and orderly observance of the Holy Week, the  directives to the police are contained in Executive Orders 109 and 110 issued March 25 after the mayor convened a meeting  with the police and military and other stakeholders to finalize preparations for the Holy Week. Both orders will take effect 6pm April 1 to 6am April 4.

Thousands of Catholic devotees flock to the Climaco Freedoom Park in Abong-abong during Holy Week for their Lenten devotions and to guaranty law and order in traffic and movement of people as well as to ensure somberness as people reflect on the passion and crucifixion of Christ, authorities have to enforce an operation plan.

EO-BC- 109 orders a temporary rerouting scheme on roads leading to the Climaco Freedom Park and declaring the said park as walk-in park for the duration of the Holy Week.

Specifically, the road leading to Pasonanca Deep from its junction with the road leading to Pasonanca Elementary School up to the entrance of ZCWD motorpool and Luyahan Housing Project will be maintained as a two-way street. However, said road from the entrance of ZCWD motorpool leading all the way to Km. 6 at the entrance to Abong-abong is declared “one way” but motor vehicles coming from the ZCWD motorpool may either turn left to the swimming pools and exit at Pasonanca road (Jardin Maria Clara) or go all the way up to Km 6 and turn left to Pasonanca main road in going to the city proper.

Also under EO-109, the Climaco Freedom Park is declared as one way from the entrance at Km 6 Pasonanca leading to the park via Carmen Valley up to exit at the junction of Pasonanca-Abong-abong-Murrok Road and Pasonanca-Abong-abong-Tumaga (Luyahan) road except residents of Carmen Valley and Km 7 with vehicle passes issued by the barangay chairman of Pasonanca are permitted to enter/exit at the entrance of the park at Km 6. Private motor vehicles and motorcycles to include PUJ with franchise Pasonanca-Abong-abong may enter the freedom park and to exit at Pasonanca-Abong-abong, Tumaga (Luyahan) road.

The road leading to the “Cruz Mayor” at the park is absolutely no entry to all motor vehicles including bicycles and pedicabs.

No structures for commercial purposes shall be constructed on said road from Station 1 leading to Cruz Mayor. However, the barangay together with the police will designate an area for such structures where it will not obstruct or impede the flow of traffic and pedestrians.

Pedestrians are encouraged to use the covered walk at Km 6 leading to Km 7 to avoid accidents, based on the EO. The Pasonanca barangay council through their tanods are enjoined to see the orderly compliance of the directive. The road after the Abong-abong bridge at Km 7 is strictly a one-way road and to exit at Pasonanca-Muruk-Tumaga road.

EO 110 on the other hand, prohibits the bringing, sale and drinking of liquor and other intoxicating drinks, bringing of audio/video equipment and playing of loud music and the bringing of firearms, bladed weapons, backpacks and other similar items within the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong, Pasonanca from April 1-4.

The police are directed to confiscate and dispose immediately all prohibited items. Violators are to be conducted to the police station for investigation and filing of appropriate charges or imposition of fines.

Meanwhile,  the City Engineer’s Office and the City General Services Office  are to provide/ferry the necessary signages, steel barricades for the police in the area as well as to ensure adequate lighting and latrine facilities and related amenities. The City Health Officer and the City Environment and Natural Resources Officer are also to ensure that health services to include hygiene and sanitation requirements for the needs of the public are properly addressed.

The mayor also requests the Zamboanga City Water District and the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative to provide uninterrupted services during the observance of the Holy Week. — Sheila Covarrubias