“No ID, no entry” imposed in Tnalak fest

  • July 12, 2017

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 12 – Entry to events during South Cotabato’s 18th Tnalak Festival and  51st Foundation Anniversary is free of charge  but those who cannot  present any identification card  won’t be allowed in.

 

South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance Fuentes said the imposition of  “no ID, no entry” policy in all the venues and events  of the Tnalak  Festival on  July 12 to 18  is part of the measures to beef  up security for visitors and participants in view of the ongoing atrocities in Marawi.

 

“Let us follow this directive. Whenever you go to any of the Tnalak  activities, just bring your  ID. We also discourage bringing of back packs and  large bags  as this could become reasons for delays because our security personnel will have to take time inspecting your bags,”  Gov. Fuentes  said  in an interview with local media on the security concerns  for the annual event.

 

Tnalak  Festival  opens  4:00 p.m. Wednesday (July 12)  with an ecumenical thanksgiving at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural  Center to be  followed  by  tree-lighting,  releasing of  fire balloons, and fireworks  display along Alunan Avenue.

 

This will also signal the official opening of the Tnalak Strip,  Bahay Kubo competition of the local government units,  Tnalak  Food Garden, Agri-Fair, Plants and Products Display and Expo 2017, all situated along Alunan  Avenue  from Christ the King Cathedral  to the Protech Center. 

 

Among the popular destinations are LGBT  Freedom Night  on July 13, Mindanao-wide All Star Cheerdance Competition (July 14), Motocross at Car Show (July 15-16)  T’nalak Fun Run  at Musical Pop Solo Voice Competition  (July 15),  Mutya ng South Cotabato (July 16),  HipHop Mega Crew Competition, ADUSAY (Awit, Dula, Sayaw)  and Governor’s Tnalak Charity Ball (July 17) and Tnalak Festival Tri-People Grand Parade and street dancing competitions and Foundation Anniversary  program (July 18).

 

All activities will end  at 11:00 p.m. in compliance with the  curfew hours being imposed by the city government.

 

According to PCInsp. Marvin Duadua, spokesperson of the South Cotabato PNP,   security personnel  will be stationed in all entry points to Tnalak  activity areas.

 

Alunan Ave. will be closed to traffic  from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.;  parking of all kinds of motorized  vehicles in the entire stretch of  the main street is also  prohibited.

 

“All vehicles in violation of this order will be towed to the new site of the Police Provincial Office in Barangay Morales,” Duadua said.

 

Parking spaces have been designated along Jaycee Avenue at the back of the South Cotabato Sports Complex  and at Rizal Park.

 

Duadua also disclosed that besides the police and security personnel deployed in all venues and activity centers,  there are police assistance desks in strategic locations,  including three in Alunan Avenue: near the Roundball,  near the  South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center and in front of the Provincial Capitol.

 

Three police assistance desks are also installed in the vicinity of the carnival and  rides area along  Arellano Street.

 

“In case of incidents we have designated evacuation areas in Notre Dame of Marbel University, Koronadal National Comprehensive High School, Notre Dame-Sienna School of Marbel and South Cotabato Sports Complex,” he said.

 

Meanwhile,  South Cotabato Police Provincial Director PSSupt. Franklin Alvero announced that checkpoints in entry areas to Koronadal City have been strengthened and are now being manned by the Regional Public Safety Battalion.

 

Police personnel in these checkpoints also require motorists and commuters to present IDs.

 

Long vehicles and prime movers are not allowed in the main streets of Koronadal on July 13  and July 18 to defuse  traffic at the city center where parades will be held on these dates.

 

“Oil and fuel tankers as well as LPG delivery trucks are not allowed from 4:00 a.m. of July 13 to 4:00 a.m. of July 14   and from 4:00 a.m. of July 18 to 4:00 a.m. of July 19,”  Duadua said.

 

Duadua advised motorists to  follow directional signs  for the  re-routing of traffic to and out the city  during the Tnalak Festival. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

 

 


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