BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Bacolod City Police Office reported yesterday that the Balik Yuhum themed MassKara Festival was successful and generally peaceful.
PLt. Col. Sherlock Gabana, BCPO spokesperson, disclosed that they have not recorded any major crime incidents and MassKara-related incidents from October 1 to 23.
More than 2,000 police personnel, Army soldiers, Coast Guard, various rescue units and force multipliers were deployed to secure the festival.
In a statement, PCol. Thomas Joseph Martir, BCPO director, attributed the success to whole nation approach in security preparations that involved many other government agencies.
With the support of all government agencies and the city government of Bacolod City, which spearheaded the grandest festival ever after the COVID-19 pandemic, all visitors, local and foreign tourists and festival goers were provided the needed security and police assistance, Martir said
The BCPO also noted a significant decrease in the total festival and non-festival related crime incidents compared to MassKara 2019 which had 150 incidents, to 61, with zero major incident reported in all festival sites in 2022.
On the other hand, Festival Director Atty. Pinky Ocampo thanked all Bacolodnons for the success of the 43rd MassKara Festival.
Your support has truly been amazing and this has contributed in putting back the MassKara Festival as one of the best festivities in our country, Ocampo said.
During the culminating and awarding ceremony held yesterday at the BCPO Grounds, Councilor Psyche Marie Sy, chairperson of the committee on Peace and Order of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod, lauded Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, BCPO personnel and the augmentation personnel of Police Regional Office PRO6 for the overwhelming success of the MassKara Festival 2022.
PBrig. Gen. Leo Francisco, regional police director of Western Visayas, assisted by Sy, conferred A Medalya ng Kasanayan or the PNP Efficiency Medal to Martir, being the Task Group (STG) MassKara commander, PLt. Cols. Christopher Prangan and David Cachumbo, in line with the successful holding of this year’s MassKara Festival.
Gabana said that force multipliers and government agencies were also given due recognition for their contribution in the success of the 43rd MassKara Festival.
In his speech, Francisco expressed his appreciation to the Bacolod City government, as he also congratulated the men and women of BCPO and PRO6 who took part in the security preparations for the celebration.*