By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN City– The Tacloban police and Ormoc City police have assured that the celebration of the two major festivals in Leyte this month will be safe and secure.
Col. Michael David, Tacloban police chief, said they have conducted simulation exercises on bomb explosion scenarios, as well as camp defense drills at Police Stations 1 and 2 and Police Community Precincts.
Serving as backup are police units from the regional headquarters and other force multipliers, David said.
Police Assistance Desks were established to provide round-the-clock assistance to the public.
Random checkpoints will be set up on the four main entrance and exit points in the city.
Serving as force multipliers are 120 personnel from volunteer groups, 320 members of Barangay Intelligence Networks and 1,020 members of Barangay Peace Action Teams.
Barangay tanods from the city’s 138 barangays will provide public assistance, beat patrols, traffic management, road safety and vehicle roadworthiness, and community watch.
The Tacloban city government and other civic organizations have lined up activities for the 130th fiesta celebration on June 30.
The month-long socio-cultural and religious activities will be highlighted by the Sangyaw Parade of Lights on June 29, the fluvial procession of Sto. Niño De Leyte and the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival on June 27.
In Ormoc, four border security control posts will be formed to carry out preventive motorcycle and mobile patrols, Oplan Bakal Sita, the enforcement of the drinking ban and lectures on Community Anti-Terrorism Awareness (CATA).
Ormoc police chief Armel Gongona said officers wearing reflectorized vests will be assigned at strategic posts.
Among the celebrations in the city are the Parade of Lights on June 15, and the Piña Festival Street and Ritual Showdown on June 23.