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This Week in Bacolod (October 13 to 19, 2019)

Rain can't stop Masskara Festival activities in Bacolod City!

By: Yoorekka Team | October 13, 2019
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In the City of Smiles, rain and thunderstorms are expected in the beginning of the week. But that should not stop you from going to Bacolod City’s downtown area, where most Masskara Festival activities are mostly held. Meanwhile, the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) is now finalizing the training schedule for traffic enforcers to implement the Traffic Master Plan. For a safer and secure Masskara Festival, the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Western Visayas will deploy 1,600 cops. And to prevent criminals from entering Bacolod City during the festival, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) will intensify border controls and checkpoints in the city's points of entry and exit. To see the complete details, read on!

Weather Advisory: Some sun with thunderstorms and rains

This week’s rainy morning shower will begin on Sunday, October 13 and will continue until Monday, October 14. After that, some sunny spells will be around to energize you while you’re enjoying Masskara Festival. However, thunderstorms will redevelop in the middle of the week until the weekend and these would be in the mornings and sometimes in the afternoons. To keep you dry and safe, wear waterproof gear when attending Masskara events or stay inside if not planning anything. This week’s temperature will range from 30 °C to 32 °C [1].

Traffic News: Traffic master plan training is all set

To address the traffic congestion in various areas in Bacolod City, the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) will hold a training for its traffic enforcers. This is to implement the Traffic Master Plan recommended by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Police Lieutenant Colonel Luisito Acebuche, head of BTAO, said that they are now finalizing the schedule of training this month. He added that once the plan is implemented, it will help improve the traffic situation [2].

More cops to be deployed for MassKara Festival

The 40th Masskara Festival will invite a lot of people from all walks of life to come and witness the street dance parade and other exciting activities in Bacolod City. Since many visitors are expected, the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Western Visayas will deploy 1,600 cops during the festival for safety [3].

According to Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) spokesperson and Deputy Director, deployed personnel will be spread out in festival sites such as the Government Center, the Lacson tourism strip, and the Bacolod Public Plaza.

BCPO also requested to PNP national headquarters a total gun ban and signal jamming during the festival. They are also finalizing their security plans and contingency plans for incidents and accidents that may occur during the festival.

Travel Update: NOCPPO to intensify border security for MassKara Festival

For the safety of the people during the celebration of the Masskara Festival, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) will intensify their border control operations [4]. To prevent criminals from entering the province, specifically the city, border controls and checkpoints along the city's points of entry and exit will be intensified according to NOCPPO Director Colonel Romeo Baleros.

Check out Yoorekka to get more news about Bacolod City and tips on getting around during Masskara!

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