Revelers paint themselves black with soot to imitate the native Atis tribesmen to celebrate the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan on Jan. 12. JUN AGUIRRE/PN Vendors are expected to ensure properwaste management at their respective stalls during the festival, theSangguniang Bayan said. Kalibo is popularly known for the Ati-Atihan,a festival in honor of Señor Santo Niño which is considered the “mother ofPhilippine festivals.” “I was dismayed during the New Year’sEve as tons of garbage were left after the celebration. I hope the religiousfestival would be different. I urged revelers to dispose their waste properly,”he said. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Mepania,municipal police station chief, assured merrymakers and devotees of theirsafety and security in the celebration. The augmentation force of 1,225 fromPolice Regional Office and 447 uniformed personnel from different municipalpolice stations and the Aklan Police Provincial Office are also tasked tomaintain peace and order./PN The Kalibo municipal council also soughthelp from the local police, auxiliary police and barangay tanods to support the campaign by watching out for litterbugs. According to Environment Secretary RoyCimatu urged spectators to help maintain cleanliness during the religiousrevelry from Jan. 10 to 19. KALIBO, Aklan – The Department ofEnvironment and Natural Resources (DENR) and local officials in this capitaltown are aiming for a “waste-free” celebration of the Ati-Atihan Festival thisyear. Mepania said around 1,700 policemen weredeployed to secure festival venues and strategic areas of the Ati-Atihan Festival.