Celso orders liquor ban, traffic rerouting scheme PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 11:54

Mayor Celso L. Lobregat has issued two executive orders aimed to ensure the orderly, peaceful and hassle-free observance of the Holy Week starting March 24-30.

The mayor has issued Executive Orders 494 imposing a traffic rerouting scheme and 495 banning the sale and drinking of liquor at the Freedom Park in Abong-abong.

The directives are intended to allow the Catholic faithful to observe the solemnity of the Holy Week, the last 7 days of the 40-day season of lent commemorating the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Mayor Lobregat said the observance of Holy Week, particularly on Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, usually draws thousands of people from all walks of life to the Mayor Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-Abong, Pasonanca for the traditional vigil and Way of the Cross prayers, thus causing vehicular and pedestrian traffic congestions on roads leading to the park.

“To prevent such disorderly traffic congestion, it is necessary to adopt and implement a temporary traffic re-routing scheme for all vehicles in the area aforementioned” the chief executive said in EO CL 494-2013 issued March 8, 2013.

Under the executive order, the road leading to Pasonanca Deep from its junction with the road leading to Pasonanca Elementary School up to the ZCWD motor pool and Luyahan housing project will be maintained as two-way traffic street. However, said road from the entrance to the ZCWD motorpool leading all the way to Km 6 at the entrance to Abong-Abong is declared one-way traffic, but vehicles coming from the ZCWD motor pool 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 leading to the city proper.

The same order also declares the Freedom Park as one way from the entrance to Km.6, Pasonanca road 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 conveyances or privately-owned including motorcycles and habal-habal are barred from going into the park, except those owned by residents of Carmen Valley and Km.7, provided with passes from the barangay chairman of Pasonanca,” the mayor said in his order.

Likewise, the park’s road leading to the “Cruz Mayor” is also declared absolutely “no entry” even to bicycles or pedicabs, and that absolutely no structure for vending purposes shall be constructed from Station of the Cross 1 up to the “Cruz Mayor.”

The Barangay Council of Pasonanca and the commander of Police Station 7 shall designate an area for vending for as long as the structure will not obstruct or impede the free flow of pedestrian traffic at the park. The pedestrians are also encouraged to use the covered walkway from  Km.6 to Km.7 to avoid accidents, thus the barangay tanods are enjoined to ensure orderly compliance with the order.

The road after the Abong-Abong Bridge at Km. 7 is strictly declared a one-way road and vehicles are to exit to Pasonanca-Muruk-Tumaga road.  E0-494-2013 takes effect from 6pm of March 27 to 6am of March 30, 2013.  

Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat issued EO 495, prohibiting the bringing, sale and drinking of liquor and other intoxicating drinks at the Mayor Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park. The gun ban shall also be effectively implemented at the park during the Holy Week.

The police and other law enforcement units based in the city have been directed to implement both executive orders, which will take effect from March 27-30.
On the other hand, the City Police Office in coordination with the military’s Task Force Zamboanga is implementing a comprehensive security plan. — Sheila Covarrubias