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Diyandi Festival celebration to embrace enhanced security, environmental sustainability

ILIGAN CITY (PIA)--As the city kicked off the month-long celebration of the Diyandi Festival, the city government and its partners were not only prioritizing security but also placing a significant emphasis on environmental sustainability.

The Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) has deployed all available forces to ensure the safety and security of the city during the fiesta celebration. In addition to the local police personnel, 120 officers from neighboring cities and provinces have been augmented for security measures, along with the military. ICPO has also requested that additional K9 units from Davao City be stationed in Iligan.

To enhance patrol capabilities, the city government has provided six new patrol cars that will be utilized for citywide patrols.

Police presence will also be maintained around establishments to prevent any untoward incidents, while businesses have the right to refuse entry to customers who do not adhere to safety protocols.

Amidst these security efforts, the city's commitment to environmental consciousness stands out. Jules Verne Padilla, chairperson of the Executive Management Board for Diyandi 2023, underscored the principle of "Clean As You Go," urging all participants, residents, and tourists to actively contribute to maintaining cleanliness during and after the event. He stressed that waste segregation and proper disposal are pivotal, requiring the involvement of all stakeholders.

Moreover, he affirms that the financial aspects of the fiesta, including expenses and income, will be transparently documented and shared on the official page. He assured that the expenses and income from the festival activities would be properly accounted for this year.

"We are so much willing after the Diyandi festival, ato nang ipakita, in fact nagsugod pa lang ta sa atong plano, nag-create na gyod ta og team nga mututok sa atong liquidation ubang pang mga galastuon sa atoang Diyandi festival [We are so much willing after the Diyandi festival, we will show it. In fact, we have already started implementing our plan and have created a team to focus on the financial accounting of our Diyandi festival expenditures]," he said during the press conference.

Meanwhile, Iligan City Tourism Officer Hanna Mae Padilla recommended other attractions for tourists, such as the Sikyop in Barangay Rogongon, while access to Maria Cristina Falls remains restricted by the National Power Corporation due to land subsidence issues. The City Tourism Office has also been in discussions with the Department of Tourism and the Department of Public Works and Highways to prioritize repairs in the affected area. (LELA/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)

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