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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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BY ADRIAN NEMES III

A parade from the City Hall at Araneta Street to the Provincial Capitol Lagoon Park will kick off the 6th BacoLaodiat Festival in Bacolod City tomorrow.

At least 60 policemen will be deployed to secure the Chopsticks Alley at Lascon Street that will stretch from the 6th to 17th Street, Station 2 commander, Chief Insp. Noel Polines, said yesterday.

A police command post will also be put up in front of the Capitol Lagoon Park so the public can seek immediate police help if emergencies arise, Polines said.

A police assistance center will also be established at the Chopsticks Alley, while plainclothes policemen will also be deployed in the area, he added.

The police have already tapped the services of the force multipliers and other anti-crime groups to help them secure the BacoLaodiat revelers, Polines also said.

Polines, Traffic Management Unit head, Chief Insp. Levy Pangue, and BacoLaodiat Festival committee chairman Leonito Lopue met recently to discuss the security and traffic plans for the three-day festival.

Pangue said Lacson Street from the 6th to 17th Street and the North Capitol road will be closed starting 2 p.m. tomorrow until February 5. Portions of Gonzaga, Rizal, Gatuslao and Lacson streets will also be closed at noon tomorrow for the grand parade, he said.

Vehicles from the downtown area will be rerouted to Aguinaldo Street, while vehicles from northern side of Bacolod will use Gatuslao Street to reach the downtown area, Pangue told the DAILY STAR.

At 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, revelers will be treated to a cultural show featuring Chinese songs and dances at the North Capitol road while the symphony of lights and sparks will be staged at the Chopsticks Alley.

A live band sponsored by a telecommunications company will also perform at the BacoLaodiat Festival site.*APN

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