Bacolod Ready for Duterte Visit

All set in Bacolod City for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, October 22, as guest of honor and speaker at the closing of the 38th MassKara Festival.

According to City Administrator Atty. John N. Orola, Jr, the Presidential Management Staff met yesterday with the city officials to discuss the preparations for the President’s visit, who is expected to close the MassKara Festival 2017, or at least witness the closing on the last day.

Orola also said, the President is likewise expected to address the crowd and meet with Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Neg. Occ. Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr.

In case it will rain, Orola said the President and his guests will be protected by a canopy tent on stage.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 deputy regional director for operations Senior Supt. Jesus Cambay Jr. said, the police is also prepared for the President’s arrival and had conducted a “walk through” where all deployed police personnel took their posts as early as 5 a.m. yesterday.

Cambay also said aside from the 470 police personnel in Bacolod, they will deploy an additional 410 policemen from the PRO 6 and assess if there is still a need for additional deployment.

They tried to rehearse all contingencies yesterday with the objective to reduce crime incidence during the celebration, as well as reduce fear of crime. Criminality in Bacolod is on a downtrend, according to Cambay.

The police will also implement a signal jam of telecommunications at the start of the parade until about 8 p.m. during the visit of Pres. Duterte. Acting Bacolod police director Roderick Minong had requested PRO 6 for the shutdown of cellular network services during the highlight of MassKara Festival particularly at the Bacolod City Plaza, Bacolod City Government Center, and the Lacson Tourism Strip, to ensure the safe conduct of the festivities.

Hence, Cambay is asking for the vigilance and cooperation of the public to ensure a peaceful Masskara celebration.*(Edith B. Colmo)



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