KALIBO, Aklan (PIA) -- The celebration of Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival 2023 was generally peaceful, according to the Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO).
Police Colonel Crisaleo Tolentino, provincial director of APPO, said there were no major crime incidents that happened during the entire duration of the festival.
He noted that only minor incidents were recorded such as petty fights, which were easily pacified by the responding police force; and missing children that were immediately found and returned to their parents and guardians.
Tolentino attributed the success of the security coverage of the Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival 2023 to the augmentation and deployment of about 2,500 police officers along with other security personnel from other law enforcement agencies and peacekeeping volunteers.
“Job well done! Talagang hanga ako sa contribution nila, sa effort nila,” PCol. Tolentino said of the Site Task Group
Kalibo Atifest 2023, noting their collaboration, coordination, cooperation, and personal commitment led to the successful security coverage.
The Task Group provided extensive operation and strictly manned the entrance and exits of the festival zone areas as well as established checkpoints and chokepoints.
He also acknowledged and lauded the support and cooperation of the public during the festival that resulted to the peaceful and orderly celebration.
Further, Tolentino revealed that police officers that had done exceptional services in their designated areas of assignment during the Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival 2023 celebration will be given recognition by the APPO in a separate occasion.
On Monday, January 16, some of the augmented police officers returned to their respective original areas of assignment; while others proceeded to Iloilo for Dinagyang Festival 2023 augmentation. (AAL/SQP/PIA Aklan)