MANILA -- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Wednesday said it is stepping up efforts to ensure a peaceful observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1 and 2, respectively.

PRC chairman Richard Gordon said all chapters will put up first aid stations with ambulances in major thoroughfares across Luzon, to be manned by the organization’s staff and volunteers.

“PRC volunteers and emergency response teams will be deployed to major thoroughfares such as North and South Luzon expressways, cemeteries and memorial parks to give emergency care and assistance to people who will suffer from heat stroke, wounds, hypertension and other illnesses. This is our commitment every year,” he said.

The Palace earlier said that November 2 is a regular working day while November 1 was declared a regular holiday. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)