The Bacolod City Police Office will deploy 228 policemen and traffic enforcers to secure revelers and maintain peace and order during the BacoLaodiat Festival that will kick off tomorrow at Lacson and Gatuslao streets in Bacolod.
They will come from the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office, Bacolod Traffic Management Unit, 10 police stations, Public Safety Management Company and the Mobile Patrol Group, Chief Insp. Dianne Grace Catedral, BCPO public information officer, said yesterday.
Lacson Street will have four police assistance desks, to be installed at 11th Street, 9th Street, 5th Street and North Capitol Road, Catedral said.
Checkpoint operations for the Commission on Elections gun ban will be continuous at different strategic areas of all police stations, she said.
While Senior Insp. Edison Garcia remains as chief of Police Station 2, to which the Lacson and Gatuslao areas belong, the Task Force BacoLaodiat will be headed by Chief Insp. Charles Gever, who is the ground commander for events, Catedral said.
The police are reminding the public that bladed weapons and bottles are prohibited at the event site, Catedral said.
Drivers should also park their vehicles at areas that are well-lighted and have security guards.
Meanwhile, the BTAO and TMU will implement a road closure and rerouting scheme, at Lacson and Gatuslao streets, starting tomorrow up to Monday.
Parts of Lacson Street, from 6th Street to 13th Street, will be closed to all vehicles, from 2 p.m. up to 4 a.m. the next day, the advisory said.
On Friday, portions of Gatuslao Street, from Burgos to North Capitol Road, and South Capitol Road will be closed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to give way to the Dazzling Grand Parade and Lantern Street Dance.
Vehicles travelling north of Lacson Street should turn right to 6th-Lacson Street, left to Hilado Street, left to 13th street, all the way to destination.
Southbound vehicles plying Lacson Street should turn right to BS Aquino Drive, left to Gatuslao Street, right to North Capitol Road, and left to San Juan Street to reach the downtown area.*SGG
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