Celso orders traffic plan, liquor ban for Holy Week PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:58

In deference to the solemn observance of Holy Week, April 1-7, Mayor Celso Lobregat has issued two executive orders; one, declaring a traffic rerouting scheme on roads leading to Mayor Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-Abong, Pasonanca, and the other, banning liquor at the said park during the Lenten season.

In his Executive Order No.CL 442-2012 dated March 22, Lobregat said the observance of Holy Week, which will start on Palm Sunday (April 1), will draw thousands of people from all walks of life to the Freedom Park, for the religious tradition called Stations of the Cross.

People mostly Catholic Christians are expected to converge in throngs at the Freedom Park on Holy Thursday (April 5) and will stay there overnight for the traditional vigil of Good Friday.  To prevent vehicular and pedestrian congestions, a traffic rerouting scheme is implemented.

Under the executive order, which will take effect on April 4 from 6 a.m. to April 7, the road leading to Pasonanca Deep from its junction with the road leading to Elementary School up to the entrance to ZCWD Motorpool and Luyahan Housing Project will be maintained as a two-way street.

However, said road from the entrance to ZCWD Motorpool all the way to Km 6 at the entrance to Abong-Abong will be declared “one-way”, but motor vehicles coming from the ZCWD Motorpool may either turn left to the public swimming pools and exit to Pasonanca road (Jardin Maria Clara) or go all the way up to Km 6 and turn left to Pasonanca main road in to the city proper.

The order also declares the Freedom Park as “walk-in park” (off limit to vehicles) from the entrance at Km 6, Pasonanca road leading to the park via Carmen Valley, up to the exit at the junction of Pasonanca- Abong-Abong- Murrok Road and Pasonanca- Abong-Abong- Tumaga (Luyahan) road.

All types of motor vehicles, whether public conveyance or privately-owned including motorcycles and/or “habal-habal”  are barred from going into the park, except residents of Carmen Valley and Km 7 with vehicle passes issued by the barangay chairman of Pasonanca.

The road leading to the “Cruz Mayor” will be absolutely off-limit (No Entry) to even bicycles and pedicabs, and no structure for vending purposes shall be allowed or constructed on said road from Station 1 up to the “Cruz Mayor.”

The Barangay Council of Pasonanca in coordination with chief of Police Station No. 7 is tasked to designate an area for vending at the park, provided the stalls will not obstruct or impede the free-flow of people at the park.

At the same time, Lobregat issued EO No.CL 443-2012, imposing a ban or prohibition on the bringing, sale and drinking of liquor (intoxicating drinks) at the Freedom Park during the observance of the Lenten season.

Also prohibited at Freedom Park are playing of loud music and bringing of firearms, bladed weapons and other similar items.

The police have been directed to confiscate and dispose of immediately the prohibited drinks and seize the guns, bladed weapons and other similar items, and conduct the violators to the police station for investigation and filing of appropriate charges. — Vic Larato