Fiestas in 3 Samar provinces peaceful - police-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
PALO, Leyte – The fiesta celebrations of the provincial capitals of three Samar provinces, including that of Calbayog City, were tagged as peaceful and orderly by the region’s top police official.
Catbalogan City, the capital of Samar province, celebrated its feast day on August 24, 2013 in honor of its patron saint, St. Bartholomew the Apostle, with a month-long “Pagdayeg ug Pasalamat” festivity highlighted by the Manaragat Festival on vesper day.
Northern Samar’s capital, Catarman, celebrated its fiesta in honor of Our Lady of Annunciation on August 29.
Eastern Samar’s capital Borongan City and Calbayog City, also in Samar, likewise marked their fiesta on September 8 in honor of their patron saint, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Las Navas in Northern Samar and Dulag in Leyte also celebrated their town fiestas on September 8.
Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas (PRO-8) Director Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria said: “The peaceful celebration showed that we are joyful but peace-loving people. The cooperation of the public and the visitors generally helped.”
Soria said the officers and men of police stations in Catbalogan and Calbayog City in Samar; Borongan City in Eastern Samar and Catarman in Northern Samar ensured a festive, but peaceful feast day celebrations in a span of two weeks.
Soria said he was impressed by the security plans laid out by police chiefs in said areas wherein no major untoward incident was reported to the police amid the huge crowd present during the feast day.
“The efforts of our men in imposing crowd control, directing vehicular traffic and conducting overt and covert deployment to thwart street crimes as well as in securing the public from any untoward incident during these festivities ensured the peaceful and orderly celebrations,” Soria said.
He added that the police also coordinated with communities to activate the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) and assist them in keeping a peaceful celebration. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)