THE Western Visayas Regional Police Office on Tuesday made an assurance that the upcoming Ati-Atihan Festival annually being held in Kalibo, Aklan this weekend will be peaceful and orderly.
Regional police commander, Chief Supt. Josephus Angan said in a statement that security plan and contingencies for the coming festivities have already been put in place and their alert-level status has been raised.
“We ensure the public that we will do our very best to have peaceful and enjoyable 2014 Ati-Atihan Festival and the PNP is always in full alert status in this special event,” Angan said in a statement.
“This Ati-Atihan festival attracts local and foreign tourists . . . and security for our visitors is our top priority that is why we laid our security plans ahead to address what else we need,” Angan said.
The festival, which will be held from January 10 to 19 in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), also recognizes the primary settlers in the islands, the Aetas or Atis, and the most celebrated festivities of the province.