Celso cites police, military for orderly, peaceful holy week PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 March 2013 14:16

Mayor Celso Lobregat has cited the police, military and other concerned agencies for the orderly and peaceful observance of the holy week in Zamboanga City.

Lobregat did the rounds of the Climaco Freedom Park, different churches and other places of convergence during the Holy Week not only to participate in the religious activities but also to monitor the situation.

No untoward incident was reported during the duration of the Holy Week in the city allowing the Catholic faithful to fittingly and solemnly observe their religious obligations.

The police and the military in coordination with the barangay officials and other volunteer groups implemented a comprehensive security plan to ensure law and order in all places where Catholic devotees practiced their Lenten rituals.

Mayor Lobregat also issued two executive orders, one imposing a temporary traffic rerouting scheme in Pasonanca leading to the Climaco Freedom Park and the other one, prohibiting the display, sale and intake of liquor and other intoxicating drinks inside the Climaco Freedom Park.

The Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong was the center of activities during the Holy Week. Catholic devotees flocked to the area to do their Lenten rituals.

Lobregat said the police under City Police under OIC Director Col. Edwin de Ocampo and the military under Task Force Zamboanga under Col. Glen Macasero exerted their best efforts to ensure the safety and protection of the pilgrims.

Aside from the police and military men assigned to secure the area, medical teams under the direction of City health Officer Rodel Agbulos were also deployed to the Climaco Freedom park and other major churches to provide first aid treatment for pilgrims who might encounter health problems while doing their religious obligations.

Lobregat said the authorities and all those who offered their services during the Holy week should be commended and recognized.

“We also laud the citizenry for their support and cooperation to our security efforts”, the mayor stressed. — Sheila Covarrubias