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Friday, November 1, 2013
CEBU -- Central Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO) Director Danilo Constantino visited major cemeteries, bus terminals and seaports on Thursday to check the peace and order situation in these areas during the observance of the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days or Undas.
This, as Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma reminded Catholics that All Saints and All Souls’ Days should not be taken as opportunities for picnics and parties.
He said All Saints’ Day should be a reminder to thank God for the values and lessons given by saints.
All Souls’ Day should be an opportunity to offer prayers for the dead, he added.
Palma said mass on Thursday at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in celebration of the Prisons Awareness Month.
Constantino said everything is going according to plan.
He first went to the Cebu South Bus Terminal, whose blue guards will be complemented by Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) personnel.
He then visited the public cemeteries in Calamba and Carreta in Cebu City, where public assistance desks and closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been set up.
To maintain order at cemeteries, Constantino said, the police will conduct body searches and divest visitors of liquor, handguns and bladed weapons, among others.
After visiting Pier 4 in Cebu City, Constantino said the Waterfront Police Station, Port Police and Philippine Coast Guard-Cebu Station are monitoring criminal elements at seaports.
About 3,000 policemen will be deployed in Cebu Province and to the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu during the holidays.
The Cebu City Government allocated P812,000 for the meals of traffic enforcers, police personnel and volunteers who will help maintain peace and order in cemeteries during All Saints and All Souls' Days.
As of Thursday, 200 traffic enforcers from the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) have been deployed to streets near cemeteries.
Citom will also deploy 120 parking aides to designated parking zones for those who will visit the cemeteries today and tomorrow.
More than 10 ambulances with paramedics are also stationed near cemeteries for emergency.
Councilor Dave Tumulak said the Cebu City Medical Center will assign six nurses to the ambulances.
Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III also inspected the south terminal to make sure that its operations remain efficient amid the influx of passengers. (DSM/FMG/RVC of Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 01, 2013.