The San Juan Daily Star
Security plan in place for Holy Week in Cataño
By The Star Staff
During the Christian commemoration of Holy Week, which culminates on Easter Sunday, the Municipality of Cataño has already activated a comprehensive security plan that covers all of the metro area town’s sectors.
“We are paying special attention to the urban area and the maritime front, where the famous local eating places and the fishing village are located, which attract so many tourists and visitors,” Cataño Mayor Julio Alicea Vasallo said, noting that the fishing village (Villa Pesquera) is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The efforts are being coordinated under the supervision of Cataño Municipal Police Commissioner Lt. Eliezer Vargas de Jesús and the commissioner of the Municipal Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (OMMEAD by its Spanish initials) and Medical Emergency Department, Lt. Omar Mercado Vázquez.
As detailed, the municipal police will have special shifts operating through Sunday to reinforce security both in the urban area of the municipality, on the bayfront, and in all communities. Also, preventive patrols will be increased in the areas most visited by tourists and residents. In addition, OMMEAD and Medical Emergencies will have a command center on the Edwin Rivera Sierra Maritime Front for a rapid response should an emergency arise.
“The peace and enjoyment of our people are a constant priority, so we will ensure that everyone has a positive and unforgettable experience when visiting our beautiful coastal town,” the mayor said. “Our city’s safety resources and personnel are fully activated, working closely with state police, highway patrols, the fire department, the Coast Guard, medical emergencies and federal agencies. The residential areas of the urban area and Barrio Palmas will also be protected.”