By GERRY LEE GORIT
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Security measures have already been in place in preparation for the feast of the Black Nazarene next week, the Phil. National Police-10 (PNP-10) said Saturday.
Since a huge crowd is expected to converge at the Jesus Nazareno parish on Monday and Tuesday, PNP-10 said it will be deploying police officers around the church and in areas where the “traslacion” (procession) of the image of the Black Nazarene will take place.
The regional police, however, did not specify the number of law enforcers that are assigned during the two-day feast.
Aside from the “maximum number” of police personnel who will be assigned to secure the places of convergence, PNP-10 regional director Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb said they will also deploy drones in all strategic areas “for us to monitor movements to the lower ground. Likewise, all possible counter-measures are being undertaken by joint security forces from PNP and [Armed Forces of the Philippines].”
Individuals wishing to get a shot of the devotees using drones may ask permission from the police or the City Information Office, said city information officer Maricel Rivera.
Pacleb said the PNP-10 is also in close coordination with the city government, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD), Hijos del Nazareno, Phil. Army, Bureau of Fire Protection, Highway Patrol units and other law enforcement agencies, and private groups to ensure that the procession and other activities, will be peaceful.
For this year’s traslacion, the organizers decided to go back to the original route of the Black Nazarene, which will start at the St. Augustine Cathedral and will end up at the Nazareno church. The traslacion will start at 5:00 a.m. on Jan. 9 and is expected to last about two hours.
Meanwhile, City Mayor Oscar Moreno has issued executive order 003, which implements the liquor ban within the 300-meter radius from the route of the procession.
The mayor also released executive order 004, directing drone operators to secure a written permit from the city police office.
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