Traffic re-routing, liquor ban up for Holy Week

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Monday, April 14, 2014


ZAMBOANGA CITY Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has ordered the implementation of traffic rerouting scheme at the Mayor Cesar Climaco Freedom Park in Mount Abong-Abong, Barangay Pasonanca and also banned the carrying of weapons and liquor to ensure a solemn and orderly Holy Week observance.

This as the park serves as convergence place to thousands of Catholic devotees to do their Lenten devotions for the past several years now.

Salazar’s directives are contained in Executive Orders (E.O.) 47 and 48 issued on April 10 after she convened a meeting with the local police and military authorities and other stakeholders to finalize preparations for the Holy Week observance.

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The two EOs will take effect from 6 p.m. of April 16 up until 6 a.m. of April 19.

E.O.-BC-47 prohibits the bringing, sale and drinking of liquor and other intoxicating drinks, bringing of audio/video equipment and playing of loud music and the bringing of firearms, bladed weapons and other similar items within the Climaco Freedom Park.

The local police are directed to confiscate as well as dispose immediately all prohibited items and the violators are to be conducted to the police station for investigation and filing of appropriate charges or imposition of fines.

E.O. BC-48 orders a temporary re-routing scheme on roads leading to the Climaco Freedom Park and declaring the place as a walk-in park for the duration of the Holy Week.

Specifically, the road leading to Pasonanca Deep from its junction with the road leading to Pasonanca Elementary School up to the entrance of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) motorpool and Luyahan Housing Project will be maintained as a two-way street.

However, the same road from the entrance of ZCWD motorpool leading all the way to Kilometer 6 at the entrance to Mount Abong-Abong is declared “one way” but motor vehicles coming from the ZCWD motorpool may either turn left to the swimming pools and exit at Pasonanca road (Jardin Maria Clara) or go all the way up to Kilometer 6 and turn left to Pasonanca main road in going to the city proper.

Also under E.O.-BC-48, the Climaco Freedom Park is declared as one-way from the entrance at Kilometer 6 of Pasonanca leading to the park via Carmen Valley up to exit at the junction of Pasonanca-Abong-Abong-Murrok Road and Pasonanca-Abong-Abong-Tumaga (Luyahan) road except residents of Carmen Valley and Kilometer 7 with vehicle passes issued by the barangay chairman of Pasonanca are permitted to enter/exit at the entrance of the park at Kilometer 6.

Private motor vehicles and motorcycles to include passenger jeep with franchise Pasonanca-Abong-Abong may enter the Climaco Freedom Park and to exit at Pasonanca-Abong-Abong, Tumaga (Luyahan) road.

The road leading to the “Cruz Mayor” of the Station of the Cross at the park is absolutely no entry to all types of vehicles.

No structures for commercial purposes shall also be constructed on the same road from Station 1 leading to “Cruz Mayor.”

However, the barangay together with the police will designate an area for such structures where it will not obstruct or impede the flow of traffic and pedestrians.

The pedestrians are advised motor to use the covered walk at Kilometer 6 leading to Kilometer 7 to avoid accidents.

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