PRESS RELEASE #2023-0811-004
Cagayan de Oro City, August 11, 2023 — In a significant move towards enhancing safety and security for the upcoming Higalaay Festival 2023, the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) under the command of PCOL SALVADOR NOMIO RADAM, Officer-in-Charge (OIC), joined forces with the Office of Community Affairs (OCA) – Oro Barangay Tanod. This collaborative effort aims to bolster security deployment and implement preventive measures against criminal activities and lawless elements during the festive celebration.
The pivotal step was marked by a Coordinating Meeting held on August 11, 2023, at 9:00 AM. The meeting brought together the Chief Tanods from all 80 barangays of Cagayan de Oro City. Led by Mr. Christopher Prescillas, the Facilitator and Organizer of OCA – Oro Barangay Tanod, the meeting highlighted the shared commitment of both COCPO and the Barangay Tanods to ensure the safety and well-being of festival attendees.
PCOL RADAM, along with his dedicated team at COCPO, emphasized the significance of a unified approach in tackling security challenges during large-scale events like the Higalaay Festival. The collaborative strategy allows for a more comprehensive security plan, effective communication, and the efficient allocation of resources.
During the meeting, discussions revolved around various security aspects, including crowd control, surveillance, traffic management, and the prevention of criminal activities. The participants underscored the importance of proactive measures to guarantee a peaceful and enjoyable festival experience for all attendees.
The Higalaay Festival, celebrated annually to honor the patronage of Sr. San Augustine, holds immense cultural and religious significance for the residents of Cagayan de Oro City. This year’s festival promises to be an even more secure and joyous occasion, thanks to the joint efforts of COCPO and OCA – Oro Barangay Tanod. As the festival approaches, the collaborative spirit displayed by COCPO and the Barangay Tanods serves as a testament to the dedication of local authorities in maintaining public safety and upholding the vibrant traditions of Cagayan de Oro City. With their coordinated efforts, residents and visitors can look forward to celebrating Higalaay Festival 2023 with a sense of security and unity.