Beng credits all sectors on orderly Holy Week PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2016 12:07

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco has cited the efforts of police and military authorities to include private groups, national and local government agencies and all other units, groups and individuals who shared in the effort to ensure a peaceful and orderly observance of Holy Week in the city.

“I would like to convey my deepest gratitude to all concerned who contributed and helped in the successful implementation of the Holy Week regulations and policies,” the mayor said citing in particular the police, Task Force Zamboanga, Bureau of Fire Protection, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and management Office, Philippine Red Cross, City health Office, Department of Health, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, General Service Office, the different barangay councils, radio clubs, media, and all other groups and agencies concerned.

“Our greatest weapon is our faith in God through our prayers.” The mayor stressed.

The chief executive has issued two executive orders- one imposing a temporary traffic rerouting scheme and the other providing prohibitions in the bringing, sale and drinking of liquor and intoxicating drinks as well as the brining of audio/video music, playing of loud music and the bringing of firearms, bladed weapons and backpacks at the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong, Pasonanca which was the center of Lenten rituals for Catholic devotees from March 23 to March 26.

The police meanwhile implemented a comprehensive security plan to ensure the safety and security of the worshippers.

The entire Zamboanga emergency response during the Holy Week was supervised by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) headed by Dr. Elmeir Apolinario.

The response team included personnel from the PNP, TFZ, BFP, CHO, Red Cross, radio clubs and CDRRMO and numerous other agencies.

On Saturday and Sunday, the city through the CDRRMO also deployed water search and rescue (WASAR) and emergency medical services (EMS) teams to Sta. Cruz islands and the beaches in Caragasan and Bolong as people flocked to beaches for their Easter Sunday celebration. — Sheila Covarrubias