United plans for meaningful Holy Week

ONE good thing that turns favorable to the public is when local chief executives pool their resources in their determined and unified bid to achieve a goal, that is, the security and safety for everyone as they observe Holy Week which is a religious tradition for most Catholic Christians in the country.

Mayors Herbert Bautista (Quezon City), Enrico “Recom” Echiverri (Caloocan), Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta (Malabon), John Rey Tiangco (Navotas) and Sherwin Gatchalian (Valenzuela) are noticeably more particular of the security at all local bus stations, malls and other crowded places.

Mayor Echiverri has instructed police chief Senior Supt. Jude Wilson Santos to deploy  additional policemen in the affected areas as a precautionary measure against threats to peace and order while the city’s Reformed Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management would see to it that traffic remains orderly despite the deluge of passengers expected this Holy Week.

In Quezon City, Mayor Bistek makes sure that a contingency plan is in place to respond to any emergency and public inconvenience.

He says: “It is a usual drama during holidays that the people suffer from travel delay and traffic bottlenecks and also from street crimes and trouble-making by some lawless elements that take advantage of the congestion at the transport terminals.”

The mayors, this writer was told, have sought for the deployment of secret marshals to guard against criminals who intend to victimize bus and jeepney passengers.

For Mayor Gatchalian, one should maintain the sacredness and solemnity of contemplating the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in this Lenten  season. “Thus, introducing new ways of singing the traditional Pabasa, or the Tagalog narrative verse of Christ’s passion like hip-hop and rap, should be avoided,” the Valenzuela chief executive says.  I agree with him. These youth and the faithful must observe the Pabasa reverently, by singing it without any vocal antics or tricks that divert from the holiness of the tradition.

In Navotas, Tiangco similarly directs the concerned city officials to closely coordinate with the local police to ensure the safety of everyone as he cites the need to deploy more policemen in the streets to discourage any criminal activity in the neighborhood.

Members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and bomb sniffing dogs are on scene to detect any explosives or weapons that the criminals may try to smuggle into the
bus stations, he says.

For his part, Mayor Lenlen says they coordinate with the entire village officials in an effort to keep barangay tanods or watchmen on the go against thieves and burglars.

He observes that a lot of homes would be left empty this Holy Week since residents will be flocking to their respective provinces.

The mayors said they have also coordinated with the Metro Manila Development Authority and other concerned civilian organizations in their bid to carry out a smooth and organized implementation of the program.

A peaceful and meaningful Holy Week to everyone!

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