Mandaue City sets up perimeter fences to control Misa de Gallo crowds

By: Mary Rose Sagarino - CDN Digital Correspondent | December 17,2020 - 06:40 PM

 

The National Shrine of St. Joseph Church in Mandaue City. | contributed photo

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — To avoid overcrowding outside the churches and satellite Simbang Gabi and Misa de Gallo venues in Mandaue City, the city government has set up perimeter fences meters away from these venues.

Lawyer Lizer Malate, head of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) said that the fences around the churches are being put up to help control the flow of human traffic in areas surrounding the churches and satellite venues.

Security personnel is also there to monitor the crowd, ensure the observance of social distancing, and advise those who could no longer enter inside the venues to just go home and join the Eucharistic celebration via live streaming.

Malate said that there were fewer people who attended the Misa de Gallo on Thursday, December 17, 2020, compared to the first day on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. All 14 churches and satellite venues in the city drew thousands of individuals, added Malate.

” Ato’ng nakita nga nakatabang gyud og dagko ang pag control sa crowd. Overcrowding man ang problema, crowd control ang solusyon, meaning ana nagset up tag perimeter fences layo pa sa church o kung asa man ang misahan nga kung full capacity nga ma advice-san na gyud to’ng mangabutay nga puno na pauli nalang, sa online nalang,” said Malate. /rcg

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TAGS: Christmas 2020, COVID-19, Mandaue City, Misa de Gallo, perimeter fences, Simbang Gabi

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