Se­cu­rity tight for to­day's Trasla­cion

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An of­fi­cial of the Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo) yes­ter­day said they have put in place tight se­cu­rity mea­sures for the feast of the Black Nazarene to­day, Jan­uary 9.

Cocpo spokesper­son Chief In­spec­tor Mardy Hor­tillosa II said state se­cu­rity forces have been de­ployed since the past week­end.

A num­ber of po­lice­men were in­stalled at the St. Au­gus­tine Cathe­dral where the replica of the Black Nazarene will be trans­ferred Mon­day night for the vigil un­til to­day’s 5 am pro­ces­sion.

Hor­tillosa said devo­tees who wish to en­ter the Cathe­dral or Gas­ton Park will have to pass through strict se­cu­rity in­spec­tions.

Dur­ing the trasla­cion, Hor­tillosa ad­vised all of the faith­ful to bring iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards as well as make sure

to have with them med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion and emer­gency con­tact num­bers.

They should wear com­fort­able cloth­ing and bring some­thing to eat and drink.

Au­thor­i­ties also urged those who will par­tic­i­pate in the pro­ces­sion to re­port all sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the po­lice.

On the other hand, devo­tees are dis­cour­aged to bring back­packs, ball caps and sun­glasses as they are sub­ject for inspection and con­fis­ca­tion.

Bring­ing al­co­holic bev­er­ages, play­ing cards or deadly weapons are also pro­hib­ited.

Wear­ing of ex­pen­sive jew­el­ries are also dis­cour­aged to avoid theft.

Bring­ing along chil­dren, preg­nant women, el­derly, sick and dif­fer­ently able per­son are also dis­cour­aged.

Lit­ter­ing and wear­ing of slip­pers are also not al­lowed. Hor­tillosa said devo­tees should in­stead wear shoes for safety rea­sons.

Ven­dors are not al­lowed and wear­ing of jacket with hood and bring­ing canned drinks and water con­tainer which are not trans­par­ent are also pro­hib­ited.

Park­ing is not al­lowed in the pro­ces­sion route and venue of the ac­tiv­ity while liquor is ban within 300 me­ter ra­dius of the pro­ces­sion route.

Fly­ing of unau­tho­rized drones is not al­lowed.

Mean­while, some 24 ma­jor roads in the city will be closed start­ing 4 in the morn­ing to­day, while a strict warn­ing for am­bu­lant ven­dors has been is­sued to fa­cil­i­tate for the smooth pro­ces­sion of the Black Nazarene, which passes from the St. Au­gus­tine Cathe­dral to the Nazareno Church.

With this, the Roads and Traf­fic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (RTA) is­sued a spe­cial traf­fic scheme which was im­ple­mented since Jan­uary 7.

The roads which shall be tem­po­rar­ily closed to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic in­clude Velez street, Recto Av­enue, Corrales Av­enue, Fer­nan­dez St., San Agustin St, Gaer­lan, Hayes, T. Chaves St., RN Abe­juela, Tirso Neri St., Cruz Taal St., Gomez, J.R. Borja, Pa­cana, Ya­capin, Mabini, Mon­tal­van, Ko­lam­baguhan, Maka­ham­bus, Akut, Del Pi­lar, Luna, Echem, and Na­cal­a­ban streets.

The south­ern lanes of Recto Av­enue will also be a one-way traf­fic from the fly­over to Os­mena street, to­day.

Mean­while, east­bound light ve­hi­cles travers­ing from Mar­cos Bridge shall pro­ceed to the fly­over down to the south­ern lanes, while west­bound ve­hi­cles may pass Gusa na­tional high­way through the coastal road. North­bound ve­hi­cles from Co­gon mar­ket and Plaza Divi­so­ria ar­eas may pass along Os­mena St., or via J.R Borja ex­ten­stion to the coastal road.

The traf­fic ad­vi­sory said the closed streets will im­me­di­ately be opened for the nor­mal flow of traf­fic once the tail of the pro­ces­sion has passed.

Ven­dors of any kind of items are pro­hib­ited to dis­play their goods in front of the Nazareno Church and the St. Au­gus­tine Cathe­dral, in­clud­ing at the pro­ces­sion routes.

An es­ti­mated 200,000 devo­tees are ex­pected to join the cel­e­bra­tion of the feast of Black Nazarene, while a suf­fi­cient num­ber of po­lice­men will be in the area to guar­an­tee the safety and se­cu­rity of the pub­lic.

The city govern­ment has ear­lier im­posed a liquor ban within 300-me­ter ra­dius from the route of the trasla­cion of the im­age of the Black Nazarene from 5 p.m. of Jan­uary 8 to 12 noon of Jan­uary 9 for a peace­ful trasla­cion.

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