Holy Week Security Plan finalized PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 April 2017 14:01

By LIZA JOCSON

Around 1,000 security forces will be deployed starting Tuesday to secure the city of Zamboanga for the Holy Week.

The deployment was finalized during the Joint Coordinating Conference held yesterday afternoon at the Central Police Station.

Zamboanga City Police Office Deputy Chief for Operations Supt Alvin Saguban said that the group will be composed of PNP, AFP , barangay personnel and other force multipliers who will be deployed to various areas of the city.

This as the security status is expected to be raised to heightened alert during days marking the holy week observance.

Personnel will work in three 8-hour shifts  and will be deployed to areas where people congregate such as the Cesar Climaco Freedom Park and Fort Pilar Shrine.

Policemen from the city’s police stations are tasked to provide security to the different churches within their areas of jurisdiction.

The security plan will be in place starting April 11 when people are expected to flock to the different places of worship to fulfill their religious obligations.

The highlight of the Holy Week observance will be on Good Friday when processions will be held by the different parishes.

This will continue on and will subside by April 16, Easter Sunday.

Security personnel are also tasked to implement two City Hall Executive Orders mandating the enforcement of a traffic rerouting scheme at the Abong Abong Park and guidelines for the prohibition of certain items among visitors at the park.

The Park was designated as a walk-in park where vehicles will drop off passengers at the helmet area.

Visitors using backpacks and wearing hooded jackets and similar items will be denied entry. (Liza Jocson)