ALL security preparations are in place particularly in and around 98 private and public cemeteries and places of public convergence in Metro Manila to ensure a peaceful All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day this week, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said yesterday.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde the NCRPO director said more than 3,500 policemen will be deployed in and around public and private cemeteries in Metro Manila starting on Wednesday, with the police getting support from their counterparts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines-National Capital Region, local government units and other force multipliers to ensure the safety and security of the public during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Police security measures for ‘Undas 2018’ started last week with Gen. Albayalde ordering the deployment of uniformed and plainclothes officers in different areas of interest including public and private cemeteries, bus terminals, airports and seaports, churches and other places of worship, tourist destinations, vital installations including power and telecommunication sites and various places of convergence.
Eleazar said they have also coordinated their security preparations with the AFP, Metro Manila Development Authority, Bureau of Fire and Protection, LGUs and different volunteer groups and force multipliers to ensure ‘zero incident’ during ‘Undas’.
The official said he has ordered all five NCRPO District Directors, Chiefs of Police and Station Commanders to closely coordinate with other agencies and intensify their intelligence and counter-intelligence operations to preempt any act of criminality.
The deployment, he said will include Road Safety Marshals who will provide immediate police and security assistance to the public.
On the other hand, beat patrollers and Explosive Ordinance Disposal experts will secure various key areas, places of convergence and vital and financial installations to preempt terroristic activities.
The Manila Police District headed by Chief Superintendent Rolando B. Anduyan will be in the forefront of securing Manila cemeteries just like last year. The MPD said there was a generally peaceful situation with ‘zero criminal incident’ recorded in Manila as more than 2.1 million people visited the four biggest cemeteries in the region: Manila North Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Metro Manila with an average area of 54 hectares, Manila South Cemetery which measure 25 hectares and the La Loma Cemetery and Chinese Cemetery.
Southern Police District director, Senior Supt. Eliseo DC Cruz said some 720 SPD personnel will be deployed to their respective assignments in 28 cemeteries in Pasay, Makati, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Taguig and Muntinlupa cities as well as the municipality of Pateros.
Eastern Police District director, Chief Supt. Bernabe M. Balba said 800 of his men will guard 5 cemeteries in the cities of San Juan, Mandaluyong and Pasig and Marikina while Quezon City Police District director, Chief Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. said they will provide security to dozens of public cemeteries and private memorial parks in Q.C.
Gen. Albayalde emphasized there will be 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 to preserve solemnity and peace.
He also asked the public’s full support and cooperation to their security measures and reminded the citizenry to be alert and vigilant against any suspicious persons and activities.