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Saturday, November 2, 2013
THE Mandaue City Government set up an outpost for paramedics near the city’s three major cemeteries in Barangay Guizo.
Lawyer Jamaal James Calipayan, executive secretary of Mayor Jonas Cortes, said more than 20 paramedics from the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation and the Accident Control and Emergency Response Team are on standby.
The Mandaue City Municipal Cemetery, the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery and the Manpark Cemetery are located in Guizo.
Calipayan said the paramedics will be on rotation for 24 hours until tomorrow.
There are also paramedics on standby in cemeteries in Barangays Jagobiao, Pagsabungan and Canduman.
“We also have personnel from the police and the Team (Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue) ensuring peace and order and the smooth flow of traffic,” said Calipayan.
A police booth outside the catholic cemetery confiscated prohibited items like bolos, paint scraper and other sharp objects.
Thousands went to cemeteries in Mandaue yesterday. Some took advantage of the occasion to earn money.
Inside the catholic cemetery in Guizo, cousins Joseph, 13, and Wilvur Resureccion, 16, painted graves.
From Barangay Maguikay where they live, Joseph and Wilvur went to the cemetery at 8 a.m. bringing a can of paint and paintbrushes.
They charge P100 for painting and P50 for adding color to engraved letters on stone tablets.
“Niari mi aron makakwarta (We came here to earn money),” said Joseph, a Grade 6 pupil at the Maguikay Elementary School.
Wilvur, a first year high school student, said they will give a portion of their earnings to their parents.
Joseph said he wants to buy a new pair of shoes as his gift for himself this Christmas.
Their mothers sold flowers and candles outside the cemetery yesterday. Their fathers, who are siblings, earn by making lapida, or stone tablets.
Overall, the commemoration of All Saints’ Day yesterday was peaceful in Cebu Province, said Provincial Police Director Noel Gillamac.
However, Gillamac said they will ask Supt. Eduardo Saavedra, chief of the Naga City Police Station, to explain his absence.
Saavedra reportedly had asked permission to go to Albay to attend a court hearing.
“His presence is very much needed here,” Gillamac told Sun.Star Cebu.
In Cebu City, several sharp items were confiscated from people entering cemeteries.
Some of these were for cleaning graves. “We just have to seize these for security reasons,” said Cebu City Police Office Director Noli Romana.
Romana said the installation of closed-circuit television cameras in major cemeteries helped them monitor criminal elements.
Mayor Michael Rama inspected 11 public and private cemeteries. He went to Pardo, Labangon, Calamba, Lorega, Doña Pepang, Queen City, Ludo, Carreta, Cabantan, Talamban and Cempark.
He checked the police public assistance desks to ensure there were policemen and volunteers to address public concerns.
“I want it operational,” he said, referring to the public assistance desk.
Afterwards, the mayor said he was satisfied with the performance of police assigned in different cemeteries.
He also thanked Romana for ensuring that all his men did their jobs.
In Carreta, Sylvia Sun complained that someone else was in the bone chamber of her mother and son, adding that her mother’s bones had been exhumed without their knowledge.
Jessie Desuyo, cemetery caretaker, told her they will check the matter.
Under the policy of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, which runs a portion of the cemetery, once a relative of a deceased avails himself of a bone chamber, the bones will be buried there for a lifetime.
Desuyo asked Sun to submit a copy of the receipt of the payment for the bone chamber.
In Central Visayas, All Saints’ Day also went without a hitch.
“So far, it has been generally peaceful,” said Chief Supt. Danilo Constantino, director of the Police Regional Office 7.
Constantino also visited cemeteries in Talisay City, Naga City, San Fernando and Carcar City to ensure their security plan was in place.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 02, 2013.