Tight security, traffic plans up in Manaoag

MANAOAG—The town police have prepared security and traffic plans for the expected influx of about one million devotees who will flock to the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Manaoag for the Holy Week observance.

P/Chief Inspector Dave Mahilum, police chief, said coordination has been made with the Philippine Army, police branches and volunteer groups to ensure peace and order and to ease expected traffic congestion.

Mahilum said buses will not be allowed entry in the Poblacion area on April 14 and 15 when the peak of visitors is expected. He said big buses will be diverted to other police stations that can accommodate them.

He added that one-way traffic flow will be implemented in some areas leading to the Poblacion area.

He said the town was filled with devotees during Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday.

“Perhaps the number reached up to one million,” he said.

Only private vehicles will be allowed entry in the Poblacion area, he added.

Meanwhile, P/Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, officer-in-charge at the Police Community Relations Branch of the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office, told the KBP Forum that the police will be in full alert during the Holy Week observance.

“All policemen will be on duty and about 90 to 95 percent of the personnel will be out in the field, especially along the highways, to assist motorists moving around Pangasinan,” Florentino said.

He added that Task Force Maharlika is already activated for traffic flow with motorist assistance centers along the Maharlika Highway in partnership with the Land Transportation Office and other groups. (Tita Roces)