THE Manila Police District, in anticipation of the coming long weekend and observance of Undas 2018, will deploy some 300 police personnel.
It was learned that the said pesonnel will be divided into two shifts -- AM and PM -- and will be in addition to 500 force multipliers to assist policemen from October 28 until November 3, 2018 in the four cemeteries within Manila.
The MPD said it organized and activated ‘Task Group Kaluluwa’ to secure different areas of interest such as cemeteries, bus terminals, airports and seaports, churches and places of worship, tourist destinations, vital installations and places of convergence in coordination and collaboration with the city government, line agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to ensure the safety of the public.
The MPD is also coordinating with other government agencies and counterparts such as the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), local government units and volunteer groups to serve as augmentation and force multipliers to ensure a safe, secure, orderly and “zero” incident in observance of Undas 2018.
During the past years, the observance had been generally peaceful with only minor criminal incidents recorded with over 3,000,000 crowd estimate visiting the four biggest cemeteries in the region: Manila North Cemetery, Manila South Cemetery, La Loma Cemetery and Chinese Cemetery. Due to the strict implementation and monitoring on the prohibition of bladed weapons, flammable materials, liquors, wine and other alcoholic beverages, gardening tools, deadly buckles, loud speakers and gaming cards inside the cemeteries, the solemnity and peace in the place was preserved.