Alert raised in Oro for Holy Week

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Monday, March 30, 2015


WITH the start of Holy Week, Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) has increased security especially in crowded places like the Guadalupe Shrine in Barangay Agusan and in Malasag in Barangay Cugman.

Police Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, spokesperson of Cocpo, said security has been tightened at pilgrimage sites.

Police Senior Inspector Enesto Daing, deputy commander of Agora police, said the officers will conduct baggage inspections and guide and assist passengers inside the Agora bus terminal.

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Daing urged commuters to avoid bringing huge luggage or too much baggage to avoid delay as the volume of passengers this week mounts.

Commuters began arriving at bus terminals as early as last weekend but the congestion is expected on Wednesday.

Agents from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Northern Mindanao and the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board inspected the buses for roadworthiness.

The city's banks will be closed on Thursday and Friday but automatic teller machines will continue to operate.

Malls will be closed on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and will resume business on Saturday.

At Macabalan wharf, ToGo shipping line continues to serve its passengers while Trans-Asia won't sail on Thursday and Friday.

Jun Amandac of Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) operations told TV Patrol Northern Mindanao that buses will stop plying their routes Maundy Thursday night and trips will resume at noon on Good Friday.

In Oroquieta City, RTMI will field additional buses if the need arises on its Zamboanga del Norte-Misamis Occidental route.

"... We expect the number of bus passengers to increase considering that seaports in Dipolog and Dapitan cities, in Zamboanga del Norte and Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, accommodate boats carrying passengers from Iloilo and Dumaguete cities and Siquijor province in the Visayas," said German Avenido, RTMI branch manager in Dipolog City.

In Ozamiz City, the Philippine Coast Guard has activated the Passenger Assistance Center (PAC) to ensure the orderly operation of sea transport facilities and safe and convenient travel of the seafaring public.

The Coast Guard will inspect land vehicles and sea vessels at Plaridel and Jimenez, Misamis Occidental, and Oroquieta City and Ozamiz City.

Assisting the Coast Guard are the 1002nd Coast Guard Auxiliary Squadron, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine National Police Maritime Group and the K9 Unit of the Army's 55th Infantry Battalion. (With reports from GCA, SVB, PIA 10)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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