Security personnel to be deployed for Tacloban's Sangyaw Festival

Security personnel to be deployed for Tacloban's Sangyaw Festival

Tacloban City gears up for the highly anticipated Sangyaw Festival with almost a thousand troops deployed across the city to ensure public safety. The festival, known for its Parade of Lights, will showcase the cultural richness of Tacloban and other participating communities. File Photo

TACLOBAN CITY – This city is gearing up for the Sangyaw Festival, a month-long celebration of the city's artistic talent, cultural diversity, and religious tradition. Nearly a thousand uniformed troops will be stationed throughout the city on June 29 and 30 to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for residents and visitors. 

The security plan has been thoughtfully prepared by the Tacloban City Police Office, with additional personnel from the Police Regional Office 8. They will be fully committed to duty on the eve of the City Fiesta and throughout June 30. 

Security measures have already been implemented at Festival venues, and on June 29, some downtown area roads will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 4:00 p.m. This ensures a smooth flow of the Parade of Lights, the festival's highlight.

Mobile and 'beat' patrol units will monitor the situation during the Sangyaw Festival. They will respond to any potential security concerns to ensure the safety and well-being of festival-goers. 

This year's Parade of Lights will feature twelve floats and dance groups, including two from local government units outside the city. The participating contingents comprise educational institutions such as Sagkahan National High School, JE Mondejar Computer College, and Tacloban City National High School. Additionally, officials and employees of the Tacloban City local government unit and competing and non-competing groups of Merrymakers will join the vibrant parade.

The Parade of Lights will follow a designated route, encompassing Justice Romualdez, Rizal Avenue, Imelda Veteranos, Real Street, and Magsaysay Boulevard. The Balyuan Amphitheater will be the site of the eagerly anticipated announcement of the winning dancers and floats.

Festival attendees are advised to exercise caution and take preventive measures, like not wearing valuable items that may attract the attention of criminals. Possessing lethal weapons, including bladed objects, is strictly prohibited within festival grounds. —iTacloban (Source: CIO)

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