Traffic rerouting, liquor, backpack ban take effect PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 13:10

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The temporary traffic rerouting scheme on roads leading to the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong Pasonanca as well as the ban on liquor, bladed weapons, firearms and backpacks in the area take effect 6pm today, Wednesday, March 23.

This, based on Executive Orders 169 and 170 issued by Mayor Beng Climaco on March 10 and to take effect 6pm of March 23 until 6am of March 26. The EOs form part of an overall comprehensive plan drafted by the city government together with the police and military and other concerned agencies with the purpose of ensuring a solemn and orderly observance of the Holy Week.

Mayor Climaco has ordered strict compliance of the orders even as she urged the public to fully support and cooperate with the authorities. She  specifically called on the people to strictly observe the traffic rerouting scheme and the prohibition of liquor including bladed weapons, firearms and backpacks at the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong, Pasonanca from March 23-26, where thousands of Catholic faithful are expected to converge for the Lenten retreat.

EO-BC- 169 orders a temporary traffic re-routing scheme on roads leading to the Freedom Park and declaring the area as “walk-in park” for the duration of the observance of the Holy Week.

EO-BC-170, on the other hand, prohibits the bringing, sale and drinking of liquor/intoxicating drinks, the bringing of audio/video equipment and playing of loud music and the bringing of firearms, bladed weapons, backpacks and other similar items at the Freedom Park also during the Holy Week.

The police in coordination with the military had prepared a comprehensive security plan including a traffic scheme to ensure law and order in all places of worship.

City Health Office in coordination with other health agencies like the Zamboanga City Medical Center, Philippine National Red Cross 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. Ambulances will be on stand by while mobile clinics will be set up at the Abong Abong Park and the areas leading to the park. — Sheila Covarrubias