MLANG, North Cotabato--Thousands are again expected to troop to the Shrine of the Holy Cross in Barangay Nuevabida here during the Holy Week prompting local authorities to start laying out security preparations.
Sr. Insp. Sunny Leoncito, Mlang chief of police is tapping the Barangay Peacekeeping Action team (BPAT) to secure all roads leading to the hill where the Holy Cross put up by the Oblate of mary Immaculate (OMI) missionaries is located.
Members of the local police and Philippine Army troopers will also positioned at the top to secure the pilgrims during the two-day visit especially those who opt to spend the night at the shrine.
Mayor Joselito Pinol has also instructed the local health unit to set up medical stations at the foot hill and its summit to attend to the medical needs of visitors.
Pinol said the barangay government of Nuevabida, recorded at least 35, 000 visitors to the shrine during the last years' Holy Week celebration.
Pilgrim came from the nearby city of Kidapawan, the towns of Makilala, Tulunan, Mlang and Antipas and even from the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur and Bukidnon.
The mayor meanwhile appealed to this year's would be pilgrims to respect the place and avoid being noisy especially during religious services at top of the Holy place.