TACLOBAN CITY-On June 29 and 30, almost a thousand uniformed troops will be stationed in key locations throughout the city to provide security during the Sangyaw Festival festivities.

Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) Public Information Officer, Police Major Marjorie Manuta, said that this is part of the security plan prepared by the local police office for the Sangyaw Festivities.

Manuta disclosed in an interview over the radio program “Oras Han Tacloban’’ of the City Information Office on Monday that the full force of the TCPO will be on duty on the eve of the City Fiesta and on June 30 and will have augmentation coming from the Police Regional Office 8.

She also stated that since the start of the month-long Sangyaw Activities, security details have been consistently posted at the Festival venues.

As part of the security preparations on June 29, downtown area roads will be closed to vehicular traffic, starting at 4:00 p.m., namely Real, Independencia, Imelda Avenue, Salazar, Paterno, and Burgos Streets.

Along with this, Manuta also mentioned that the TCPO will run mobile and ‘beat’ patrol units to monitor the situation during the Sangyaw Festival.

The Sangyaw Festival is the official festival of Tacloban City, and displays the artistic talent and cultural diversity of the people of Tacloban and the other participating communities. The Parade of Lights serves as the festival’s centerpiece.

Twelve floats and dance groups, two of which will be from local government units outside the city, will take part in this year’s Parade of Lights.

The float and dance contingents are composed of Sagkahan National High School, JE Mondejar Computer College, Barangay 91 Abucay, Tacloban City National High School, Tacloban Institute of Electronics, Tacloban City Night High School, San Jose National High School, KFDMT Barangay 43-B, Barangay 85 San Jose, Tacloban Angelicum Learning Center, LGU Basey, and LGU Caibiran, Biliran.

Also joining the parade at 5:30 on Thursday are competing and non-competing groups of Merrymakers, officials, and employees of the Tacloban City local government unit.
The parade route includes Justice Romualdez, Rizal Avenue, Imelda Veteranos, Real Street, and Magsaysay Boulevard, where the winning dancers and floats will be announced at the Balyuan Amphitheater.

In order to avoid attracting the attention of criminal elements, the TCPO advises those who will attend the festivities to refrain from wearing valuables and to be vigilant of their surroundings. Other lethal weapons, such as those with blades are also prohibited.