City Hall prepares security, traffic plans for Holy Week PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 March 2017 13:31

by vic larato

The city government, through the City Administrator’s Office, is now in the thick of preparations for security and traffic management plans that will be implemented during the observance of Holy Week next month.

Central to the preparations are the churches and other holy sites like the Mayor Cesar Cortez Climaco Park in Abong-Abong, Pasonanca and the Monte Santo in Lumayang, where thousands of people from all walks of life are expected to converge for the annual Lenten retreat, especially for the Way of the Cross at 14 Stations, depicting the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In a meeting with different stakeholders yesterday afternoon at City Hall conference room, City Administrator Marie Angelique Go relayed Mayor Beng Climaco’s instruction to highlight the meaning and solemnity of the Holy Week, particularly in Abong-Abong, instead of making the event highly commercialized with the presence of ambulant vendors and temporary stores.

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Jose Genaro Yap-Aizon also brought up the observation from previous years that the Holy Week retreat in Abong-Abong, especially on the night of Holy Thursday, becomes a “dating” opportunity mostly by young lovers. He asked the police to have this “dating” opportunity controlled in reverence to the solemnity of the occasion.

During the meeting yesterday, the police presented their security and traffic management plans for churches and other holy sites during the observance of Palm Sunday (April 9), Holy Thursday (April 13), Santo Intiero in the afternoon of Good Friday (April 14) and Easter Sunday (April 16).

For Abong-Abong alone, the Sta. Maria Police Station is expected to deploy a total of 191 uniformed personnel, 34 of them are organic members of PS7, and 159 other from different units. T

he police assured that they are prepared for any eventuality, such as kidnapping, active shooting and bombing, wherein the first responder is the duty officer who must proceed to the crime scene and secure the area then inform the station commander. The crisis management protocols will then be observed.-(Vic Larato)