CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The police regional office here said they are prepared for the celebrations of the Feast of the Black Nazarene starting Sunday.
“It’s all systems go for the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Jan. 8 and 9,” Chief Supt. Agripino Javier said, after attending a security coordinating conference Thursday afternoon.
Javier said the Philippine National Police in Region 10 is coordinating with the city government and other law enforcement agencies in ensuring the annual feast goes smoothly.
“We will be mobilizing over 800 PNP personnel in key areas, and public assistance centers to provide security to the two-day religious activity,” he said.
Javier said the police have partnered with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Coast Guard in securing the devotees who will participate in the procession or “Traslacion” around the city’s downtown area.
“All possible countermeasures to eliminate reported threats to public safety are being undertaken by joint security forces. Our EOD-K9 teams from the PNP, AFP and Coast Guard will be utilized. Covert security and intelligence operations were already stepped up,” said Supt. Surki Sereñas, PNP-10 spokesperson.