THE just-concluded 40th MassKara Festival was generally peaceful for the entire 21 days, with zero casualty and no major incidents reported in various areas of Bacolod.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said Monday, October 28, 2019, the MassKara Festival Organization Inc. (SMFOI) and the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) successfully managed this year’s festival.
“It was a very successful 40th MassKara Festival. Despite of heavy rains during the last day, we have a big crowd,” he said.
He added that it was a perfect implementation of the security plan of BCPO from October 7 to 27.
Police Colonel Henry Biñas, director of BCPO, said the festival was generally peaceful where the eight focus crimes decreased by 62.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
He said from October 7 to 27, BCPO recorded only 16 crime incidents compared to 43 incidents in 2018.
For the reckless imprudence resulting to damage to property, it also decreased by 76 percent or with a total of 12 incidents this year compared to 52 incidents in 2018, he added.
BCPO deployed a total of 3,000 police personnel and force multipliers to ensure the peace and order.
“We achieved a very peaceful MassKara Festival celebration through the continuous visibility and the cooperation of the Bacolodnons and our tourists. Thank you for the cooperation of everybody,” Binas said.
He said most of the augmentation personnel from Police Regional Office (PRO)-Western Visayas already returned to their units Monday, except on the 200 personnel who will stay here while they are waiting for their schooling on anti-insurgency.
“They will be deployed to the strategic areas in Bacolod to maintain the peace and order in the city,” he added.