Naga LGU, church unite for Penafrancia preps
The local government unit and local Catholic Church in Naga City are joining hands to prepare for this year’s edition of the Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia.
Naga Metropolitan Cathedral parish priest Msgr. Noe Badiola said that while government secures visitors and devotees, they will focus on spiritual preparations.
“Siyempre yung spiritual preparation kaya pinaglilibot namin yung image ni Ina yung Virgin of Peñafrancia sa mga school, sa mga institution saka sa mga commercial establishment yung gustong tanggapin si Mama Mary sa kanila to stay with them para sa pagdarasal at saka ganun din may misa sa kanilang lugar,” he said on Church-run Radyo Veritas.
He added the local Church has scheduled recollections for mga parishes.
He added the Church is helping the Naga City government prepare for tourists and devotees expected to arrive for the Peñafrancia Festival.
Badiola said a joint operation center has been established to draw up contingency plans for security, communications and traffic.
“Yun yung naglalalatag ng lahat ng preparation kaugnay ng fiesta kasama na diyan ang security, communication, traffic tapos yung mga emergency situation o anong contingency kaya involve dito lahat ng sangay ng gobyerno lahat po yan ay pinag-mimeetingan na at patuloy pa ring nagmi-meeting para lahat maging maayos at maging ligtas lahat ng papasok dito o magbibisita o mga turista,” Badiola said.
Festivities for the occasion are scheduled from Sept. 5 to 15, with the procession on Sept. 7.