95% of Pangasinan cops mobilized for 'Undas'

October 29, 2015 5:30 am 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Oct. 29 — At least 95 percent of the 2,200 police personnel in the province will be out in the fields when the province observes the traditional All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day more popularly known as "Undas" on November 1 and 2.

Supt. Ferdinand de Asis, chief of the Police Community Relations (PCR) and spokesman of the Pangasinan Police Office (PPO), only five percent of the police personnel will stay in their respective stations while the rest of their buddies will be out in the fields.

He added that the deployment in all points of convergence such as cemeteries, malls and transportation terminals to ensure heightened police visibility has already started October 28.

De Asis said these policemen will stay in their respective posts till November 3 when all the vacationists shall have returned from their "Undas" visit to their relatives and cemeteries.

These policemen will provide motorist assistance, security and safety services to the people who will pay respects to their dead kin.

All roads lead to Pangasinan this coming "Undas" and the Tarlac-Pangasinan La Union Expressway (TPLEx) as well as the Manila North Road are expected to be under a bumper-to-bumper situation because of the big number of motorists expected to head to the north.

“In our assessment, we are expecting that crime incidents will increase during the celebration but we are hoping that with our preparation and mobilization, crimes incidents in the province will decrease,” said De Asis.

He said in order to maximize police assistance desk in every police stations in the province, the police provincial office is encouraging participation of civil volunteers especially in towns that have more than one or two cemeteries.

At the same time, De Asis reminded the public not to bring prohibited items such deadly or bladed weapons, loud speakers and gambling paraphernalia inside cemeteries.

He said that for those leaving their homes, they are advised to ask their neighbors to watch over their houses and to lock all doors and windows. (PNA)

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