Manila police on full alert on All Saints’ Day-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
THE Manila Police District (MPD) will remain on full alert as close to a million people are expected to pour along the three major cemeteries in the city this coming All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
Chief Inspector Erwin Margarejo, MPD district community relations chief, said the leadership of the MPD created a special task force to increase the police visibility and barangay patrol that will secure the residential areas in the city during the long weekend.
"We will ensure police vigilance against 'Akyat-Bahay Gang' operations since most residents already left the city to visit their beloved love ones in the respective provinces and left their houses vacant," Margarejo said.
He explained that the presence of uniformed policemen whether on foot or mobile, as well as of barangay watchmen patrolling the streets, will be effective in dissuading criminal elements from doing their thing.
The law enforcement authorities also directed to coordinate with the barangay officials in the city to make their watchmen highly visible.
Margarejo said that based on their past experience as law enforcers, robbers normally do their operations on houses that will be left vacant by owners during long weekends or holidays.
"Residents who will be leaving the town should double check the lock on all possible entry points to their homes. They must secure it for their own good," the MPD spokesperson said.
He reminded homeowners to make sure that they do not leave any lit candles, plugged electrical appliances or gas stoves on as any of these may spark fire.
The MPD also unveiled its traffic re-routing plan towards the city's three major cemeteries which include the Manila North Cemetery, Chinese Cemetery and La Loma Cemetery for the said annual event.
Road closures which will start from 6 a.m. of October 31 until to midnight of November 2 include the stretch of Aurora Boulevard from Dimasalang to Rizal Avenue; stretch of Blumentritt from A. Bonifacio to P. Guevarra St; stretch of Dimasalang from Makiling St. to Blumentritt; stretch of Retiro from Dimasalang to Blumentritt Extension; stretch of P. Guevarra from Cavite St. to Pampanga St.; stretch of l. Rivera from Cavite St. to Aurora Blvd.; and stretch of Maceda from Makiling St. to Dimasalang St.
Meanwhile, a command post will be place near Manila North Cemetery which is along Dimasalang Circle and will be manned by the Philippine National Police, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) personnel with traffic investigators, base radio, tow trucks and MC cops to response if the need arises.
Margarejo noted that more than 230 personnel will be placed to the said designated command post alone to give assistance to the people who will visit their beloved love ones. (Sunnex)