Over 800 cops, soldiers to secure 2020 Kahimunan Festival

All is set for this year's Kahimunan Festival as the Sto. NiAo Diocesan Shrine here announced the week-long activities, which will include novena masses and the conduct of a street dancing competition that will highlight the culmination of the festivities on January 19.

Msgr. Roel Lasco of the Sto. NiAo Diocesan Shrine told reporters on Thursday (January 9) the novena masses will start on Friday, January 10.

Lasco said they are expecting more than 350,000 to 400,000 devotees and visitors from other towns, provinces, and regions to join the masses and watch the activities on January 18 and 19, particularly the motorcade, procession, and the street dancing.

The festival coincides with the celebration of the feast of SeAor Sto. NiAo.

Kahimunan, Lasco said, is a Manobo term that means to gather.

We connect it to a religious term gathering in order to worship and give honor to the Lord. The Sto. NiAo reminds us to remain small so that people that surround us can always witness the greatness of God. We remain small and humble, he added.

Meanwhile, the Police Regional Office in Caraga (PRO-13) said more than 800 cops, soldiers, and other force multipliers will secure the week-long festival.

In a statement on Thursday, PRO-13 director, Brig. Gen. Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr. said the security force will come from the PRO-13 headquarters, the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 13, National Support Units, the 402nd Infantry Brigade, and the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO).

Esquivel added that the security forces will also be tasked to ensure the traffic and crowd control especially during the novena masses, motorcade, procession and street dancing competition.

Source: Philippines News Agency