Manila North Cemetery gears up for All Saints' Day festivities-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
THE Manila Police District (MPD) will deploy more than 230 police officers at the Manila North Cemetery starting Thursday in preparation for the upcoming All Saints' Day and All Souls Day festivities.
Manila North Cemetery administrator Rafael Mendez said on Wednesday that 236 police officers will be deployed at one of the biggest cemeteries in the country from Thursday until Saturday to provide security for the millions who will visit the graves of their departed love ones.
"Naka-deploy po ang ating mga kapulisan simula ngayong Huwebes para po pangalagaan ang seguridad ng pinaka malaking semeteryo sa buong bansa," Mendez said.
Aside from additional security from the police, Mendez said that the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will also provide additional teams in the cemetery to assist those who will come on November 1 and 2.
"Mayroon pong mga MMDA personnel na roving na iikot sa loob ng sementeryo para i-assist ang mga kababayan natin na nangangailangan ng ano mang tulong or impormasyon sa paghahanap sa puntod ng kanilang mga namayapang mahal sa buhay gayun din ang pagbibigay nila ng assistance sa mga nawawala at mga senior citizen na nangangailan ng wheeled chair," Mendez said.
Garbage trucks and city street sweepers have also finished cleaning-up the trashes along the roads inside the cemetery but Mendez reminded the public to be more responsible in handling the garbage when they visit the tombs of their love ones.
"Pakiusap lang po, na huwag na tayo magdala ng mga plastic dahil makakadagdag lang ito sa mga kalat na lilinisin pagkatapos ng Todos los Santos," Mendez insisted.
He also reminded the public particularly those who can't see or remember the place of their love ones’ grave that they can proceed to the cemetery’s office as the cemetery administration has encoded details of the location of tombs, by section number, lot number and grave number.
"High-tech na po tayo, madali na nating hanapin 'yung mga nawawalang puntod. Anybody looking for a deceased relative or friend at the cemetery need only list down the name of the person and the cemetery management will give information on how to find the tomb," Mendez said.
Around three to four million people were buried in the 54-hectare lot it was founded as "Cementerio del Norte" in the early 1900s.
Mendez also warned the public not to bring liquor, playing cards, radio, loud speakers, bladed weapons and firearms inside the cemetery since they want the said days to be solemn.
"Huwag na po kayo magdala ng alak, bawal po iyon. Pati mga pampaingay, 'yung mga radio, speaker kahit 'yung mga portable na maliliit na kinakabit sa mga gadgets natin bawal din po. Gawin po nating solemn ang paggunita ng Undas hangga't maari, bilang paggalang na din sa mga patay," the North Cemetery administrator said.
The cemetery will be closed to private and public vehicles starting 5 p.m. Wednesday to give way for the authorities and rescue volunteers to set up their command posts in various locations inside.
Mendez added that the Manila North Cemetery will be closed to interment services starting October 28 until November 3.
The MMDA designated Aurora Boulevard and A. Bonifacio Avenue as public parking lots from October 31 up to November 2. (Sunnex)