Holy Week in Bacolod City ‘generally peaceful’

THE observance of the Holy Week in Bacolod City was generally peaceful, according to Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) spokesperson.

The BCPO deployed 147 policemen since April 7 in sea ports, bus terminals, tourist destinations and other areas of convergence as part of Oplan Sumvac (Summer Vacation) and added more personnel on April 9 for the Holy Week.

BCPO spokesperson Noel Polines said no significant incident happened aside from the drowning of a 21-year-old pregnant woman and her two-year-old son in Barangay 35 Saturday.

He added that there were petty crimes, but just minimal and no reported robbery, shooting, and stabbing incidents.

The police’s assessment was echoed by Executive Assistant Jose Maria Vargas, cluster head for City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

Vargas said during Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, a medical team of CDRRMO along with the City Health Office personnel were deployed to assist the church goers.

“Some private individuals were also distributing fans, food, and bottled water as part of their religious vow,” he added.

Bacolod Traffic Authority Office Head Luisito Acebuche said there was no traffic accident reported during the Holy Week holidays.

He said about 185 traffic enforcers were deployed in various churches to ensure the smooth flow of the processions.

On Thursday night, traffic congestions were reported in various areas because of the “Visita Iglesia,” but those were manageable, Acebuche added. (GYM/MAP)
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