BALER, Aurora -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now ready Undas to ensure the security and safety of the public as they pay respects to their departed loved ones in cemeteries.
Aurora police director Supt. Fidel Drapeza said security measures and plans packages are in full blast for maximum police visibility to maintain peace and order in this province before and during Undas.
Drapeza said police established road securities, motorist centers and police assistance desks (PADs) in terminals, churches, public markets, beach resort and other places frequented by many people.
“Almost 300 police personnel will be in place for the traditional observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day on November 1 and 2, respectively where people are expected to flock to the different cemeteries and memorial parks in the province,” he said.
Drapeza also said that since President Rodrigo Duterte declared the state of lawlessness, the Aurora police have remained a “full” alert status to prevent any untoward incident.
He said that police assistance desks (PADS) will be set up in big cemeteries in Baler, Maria Aurora, Casiguran and in clustered small cemeteries in this province.
“There are eight municipal police stations, three maneuver platoons from Aurora Provincial Public Safety Company (APPSC) ready for deployment in the observance of Undas 2016. There will also be roving patrols to maximize police presence in crowded areas near cemeteries,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Aurora Electric Cooperative Inc. (Aurelco) is fast-tracking power restoration in the province following the onslaught of Typhoons Karen and Lawin.
Engineer Noel Vedad, general manager of Aurelco, said they expect to finish the rehabilitation of toppled power lines and restore electricity within the next two weeks.
He said that Aurelco has deployed four engineers and 30 linemen for their power restoration efforts.