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Manila gears up for Holy Week

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Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna in a meeting with (from left) MDRRMO chief Arnel Angeles, MPD Director PBGen. Andre Dizon, the mayor's spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante and MTPB adviser Dennis Viaj. The mayor mobilized various units in the city regarding the preparations for Holy Week. (JERRY S. TAN)

MAYOR Honey Lacuna has mobilized the police and all concerned departments, offices and bureaus to prepare for their role for the orderly and peaceful conduct of activities related to the observance of the Holy Week.

Lacuna had asked the Manila Police District (MPD) under its Director, PBGen. Andre Dizon, to ensure that sufficient number of police personnel will be deployed in all Churches and their immediate vicinities to thwart the possibility of criminal elements victimizing innocent churchgoers.

The lady mayor also directed the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau under Zeny Viaje to help maintain the free flow of traffic and pedestrians in the same areas when people are expected to flock specially during the observance of the ‘Visita Iglesia’ which is the practice of visiting at least seven Churches on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

The Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) headed by Arnel Angeles meanwhile, was ordered by Lacuna to put enough personnel on standby near the most visited Churches to respond anytime in case of emergencies.

The Manila Health Department headed by Dr. Poks Pangan as well as the six district hospitals are also on alert to accept emergency cases and other occasion-related incidents.

Also, Lacuna told the department of public services to maintain enough manpower to maintain cleanliness in the city, specially in the vicinities of Churches where people are likely to converge.

Noting that this is the first Holy Week where COVID protocols have eased and people already go out like they used to, it is almost certain that a huge number of Catholics will be trooping to the Churches to carry out their religious duties, which is why many preparations need to be done on the part of the local government unit.

Lacuna said that even if the days of the Holy Week are holidays, the city government will be maintaining ample manpower to keep up to the demands of the occasion.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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