BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued an executive order (EO) establishing the “Paskwa sa Plaza” at the Bacolod public plaza and its surrounding parking areas for the duration of the Christmas season from December 3 to January 6, 2020, and creating a committee to recommend guidelines and oversee its smooth and orderly operations.
The E0, which was signed by Leonardia on December 3, stated that in balancing the mandate of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in its Memorandum Circular No. 2019-193 and the purposes mentioned in the proceeding paragraphs, a “Paskwa sa Plaza” shall temporarily be established at the Bacolod public plaza and its surrounding parking areas for the duration of the Christmas season from December 3 to January 6, 2020.
“The annual celebration of Christmas not only reminds us of the birth of Jesus Christ and God’s love for mankind, but also to be mindful or our role in keeping the Christmas spirit alive not only in our hearts but also in deeds. We recognize the need for a common place where people or their families can get together and enjoy themselves during the Christmas season as well as to provide opportunities for the less-privileged vendors to display local products or sell their wares, at the same time providing convenience to the general consuming public,” Leonardia said.
He said the parking areas at the Bacolod public plaza are not utilized as public streets or roads and may be used temporarily for the Christmas activity and its purposes.
The activities for the Bacolod Paskwa sa Plaza shall include Christmas presentations or entertainment, as well as the display and selling thereat of local products and wares of the marginalized vendors, and the conduct of other activities as may be recommended by the committee.
The Paskwa sa Plaza committee will be led by Councilor Renecito Novero as chairman with its vice-chairman Councilor Ana Marie Palermo, and its members Councilors Israel Salanga, Cindy Rojas, and Archie Baribar; Sandra Syci, Imelda Williams, Belly Aguillon, Ernesto Pineda, Mary Jean Ramos, Bacolod City Police Office director Colonel Henry Binas, Bacolod Traffic Authority Office head Lieutenant Colonel Luisito Acebuche, and Nelson Sedillo.