MANILA – The first day of the traditional “Simbang Gabi” nationwide was generally orderly and peaceful, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas said Wednesday.
“Everything went well on Day 1, we expect it to be better on Day 2, and perhaps even perfectly best in the rest of the nine days until Christmas and through the New Year,” Sinas said.
Sinas monitored the situation in Catholic cathedrals, basilica, and churches, where local dioceses and parishes held the first of the nine-day traditional Simbang Gabi and Misa de Gallo ushering Christmas Day.
“As reported by all PROs, no significant incident was monitored in relation to Simbang-Gabi,” the PNP Commander Center report read.
Sinas said church officials and local government authorities effectively enforced local ordinances and church policies on physical distancing and observance of the 30 percent maximum capacity inside churches.
Earlier, Sinas met with church officials of the Quiapo Basilica and Baclaran Church to expand areas of cooperation and coordination for security and public safety operations for church activities during the Holiday Season.
Police social-distancing patrollers were on hand to remind church-goers of the minimum public health standards on the use of face masks and face shields, and to observe the physical distancing when in public places.
Sinas said PNP unit commanders were instructed to maintain vigilance and readiness to respond to situations throughout the Holiday Season. (PNA)