All Saints’ Day in Cebu, Central Visayas orderly, peaceful

November 2, 2012 10:36 am 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 2 — Police said the observance of All Saints’ Day in Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas Thursday was peaceful and orderly.

Police personnel and barangay tanods in Cebu and the entire region guarded cemeteries to divest visitors of sharp objects, liquor and glass bottles.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Marcelo Garbo said there were no untoward incidents reported from different cemeteries in Central Visayas on Thursday.

Traffic enforcers were deployed in cemeteries all over Metro Cebu to facilitate traffic and enforce parking restrictions, but roads within the vicinity of graveyards were still congested.

But traffic is expected to be heavier Friday, All Souls’ Day, when traditionally people crowd the cemeteries.

Medical assistance desks were set up at cemeteries in Metro Cebu for emergencies.

Medardo Batiller, operations chief of the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF), advised those who have maintenance medication to take their medicines before leaving their homes.

Health workers also urged the public to protect themselves against the heat and dehydration.

In Mandaue City, Superintendent Petronelli Baldebrin of the Mandaue City Police Office said about 12,000 people flocked to cemeteries on Thursday.

“So far, the situation is very normal. We haven’t noted any unusual incident,” said Baldebrin, adding that about 200 police officers were deployed in cemeteries in the city.

In Lapu-Lapu City, 96 police officers, eight members of the Philippine Air Force and 135 tanods guarded four cemeteries.

Sup. Rey Lyndon Lawas, chief of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, said the observance of All Saints’ Day was peaceful.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama inspected different cemeteries and declared everything to be in order.

Rama told the Department of Public Services and the barangay environmental officers to collect the garbage at cemeteries to maintain cleanliness.

“Just like during the Sinulog, everything has to be clean after,” he said.

Naga City deputy police chief Inspector Reuben Renes said the All Souls’ Day observation was peaceful and orderly.

Naga policemen guarding the entrance of cemeteries reported that there were no prohibited items seized but there problems related to vendors blocking entrances.

Cemeteries in Talisay City and Minglanilla town were also peaceful.

But Cebu City Police Office Director Melvin Ramon Buenafe reported that some bladed weapons and liquor were seized from cemetery goers in Carreta.

He also noted that security measures Cebu City cemeteries were also improved with the installation of additional cameras.

“This is a whole new improvement. Last year, we just had two CCTVs but now it’s four each,” he said.

“It’s more orderly this year,” said Cebu Provincial Police Office Chief Patrocinio Comendador. (PNA)

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