Leyte mayors asked to take part in papal visit

December 30, 2014 1:12 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 29 — Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla asked for town mayors in the province to take part in ensuring success of papal visit on Jan. 17, 2015.

Petilla led the coordination meeting at the Governor's Hall of Leyte provincial capitol Monday, attended by Leyte mayors and department heads of the provincial government.

“The coordination meeting is part of the provincial government security preparation to ensure that the visit of Pope Francis will be successful,” Petilla said.

“I don't think Palo and Leyte local government can handle this alone. I call on all municipal mayors to support us in this papal visit,” he said.

About one to two million pilgrims are expected to visit the Archdiocese of Palo for this historic visit of the Catholic Church leader and head of state of Vatican to comfort victims of super typhoon Yolanda last year.

About 800 people, headed by Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, Leyte 1st district Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Tacloban City Alfred Romualdez and Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla, are expected to welcome the pope at the tarmac of the Tacloban DZR airport

Organizers of the Papal Visit expect 120,000 to 160,000 pilgrims from 78 parishes under the Archdiocese of Palo and other Visayas and Mindanao provinces to attend the mass of the pope at the site.

Petilla asked for the activitation of village peace keeping force to augment law enforcers who will be assigned to oversee security situation in engagement areas to be visited by Pope Francis.

The 10 inter-local health zone in the province, headed by mayors, were asked to build a mini-emergency room every after 500 to 600 meters of the road from Pawing village in Palo to the Archbishop Palace. The mini-clinic will response to emergency health needs of pilgrims. (PNA)

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