Security up for Kalag-Kalag-A A +A
Thursday, October 25, 2012
THE Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) is on heightened alert starting today until Nov. 3 in observance of the All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day next week.
Terminals and port areas will also be inspected beginning today.
CPPO Director Patrocinio Comendador Jr. said there are about 141 cemeteries in Cebu that the police need to secure.
Comendador said the towns and cities in the south that will be given priority are Talisay, Naga and Carcar, and the towns of Minglanilla, Dalaguete and Argao. In Cebu’s northern part, the cemeteries to be given priority are those in the towns of Consolacion, Liloan, Daanbantayan, and the cities of Danao and Bogo, as well as the City of Toledo and Balamban town in Cebu’s southwest.
Traffic security will also be included in the measures as he noted a higher rate of road accidents last year.
In Talisay City, Supt. Eddie Recamara warned the public, including public officials, from bringing in liquor inside the cemeteries.
Recamara issued the warning yesterday to avoid similar incident last year where the police force reportedly caught a city official drinking inside one of the city’s public cemeteries.
The public official, whom Recamara declined to name, was caught drinking with friends inside the cemetery.
“They should serve as a role model to everyone. They should be leading by example,” Recamara said.
Apart from the liquor ban, bladed weapons and videokes are prohibited inside the cemeteries.
Recamara said they will give special attention to the public cemeteries in Barangays Poblacion, Tanke and Cansojong.
Citing the lack of personnel, Recamara said barangay tanods will be tapped to help the police in securing the cemeteries.
Police will be setting up assistance desks.
“We are now 100 percent prepared for these activities,” said Comendador.
On Oct. 30, there will be a full deployment of all policemen in the different areas of Cebu.
Comendador reminded the public not to bring bladed weapons and to refrain from drinking alcohol inside the cemeteries.
Household owners should also not be complacent, he said, as burglars may take advantage of the celebration when most people head to the cemeteries, Comendador said.
In Cebu City, Senior Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe yesterday inspected the Carreta Cemetery, one of the Roman Catholic cemeteries.
He said the Cebu City Police Office will hold information dissemination as to the do’s and don’ts to avoid falling victim to unscrupulous people when visiting their loved ones in the cemeteries.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 25, 2012.