Oplan Code 2 has been launched by the Bacolod City Police Office for the expected arrival of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has been invited to be the guest speaker at the city’s 74th Charter Day Celebration today.
City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said he ordered maximum deployment of both uniformed and plainclothes policemen at the streets to ensure public safety.
De la Paz, who has been designated as the chairman of the charter day parade committee, said that this year’s parade will be more lively, colorful and unique than the previous ones.
The number of participants for this year’s parade has been reduced by 50 percent and only the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines the Reserved Training Officers Corps and Citizen Army Training cadets of different schools, Special Weapons And Tactics unit of BCPO and other civic and military units were invited to join, he added.
Another innovation for this year’s parade is the barangay festival dance show, which will have 10 barangays participating at 3 p.m.to be followed by a barangay festivals dance show down arena competition at the public plaza at 4:30 p.m., De la Paz said.
City Police Traffic Management Unit head, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche said 150 traffic enforcers and 10 traffic policemen will be deployed at the routes of the parade to ensure its smooth flow.
Acebuche said 6th-Lacson streets to Lacson-Libertad streets and Araneta-Libertad streets, up to the Bacolod City Public Plaza will be closed starting 11 a.m. for the 4 p.m. civic and military parade.
He said north-bound vehicles will be rerouted to Palanca Street at the Reclamation Area, make a left turn to San Sebastian Street, and turn right to San Juan Street going to Brgy. 14 and going to Lizares Street.
Acebuche added that south-bound vehicles must use either Lizares or Roxas streets, while eastbound vehicles may use Lopez Jaena Street.*APN