THE first 20 days of the 38th MassKara Festival in Bacolod City have been peaceful with no major festival-related incidents reported, the police said.
The 22-day festival climaxes this weekend with the street and arena dance competitions highlighting the last two days.
Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, public information officer of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said in a press conference held at the Old city hall Friday the smooth staging of the festivities can be attributed to the presence of policemen and other law enforcement personnel in the streets.
Security forces are visible especially in the three festival sites, including the Bacolod public plaza, Bacolod City Government Center, and Lacson Tourism Strip.
“Police presence reduces the public’s fear of crime,” Vargas said.
Policemen are also deployed in the city’s entry and exit points to ensure everyone’s safety.
A total of 4,775 security forces have been deployed for the festival highlights which will end on Sunday, October 22.
Of the total number, 1,905 are policemen and 2,870 are augmentation from other law enforcement units such the army along with force multipliers and other volunteers.
Vargas said the police appeal for the public’s cooperation and patience as they implement strict security measures this weekend.