ALL security preparations are in place particularly in and around 98 private and public cemeteries and places of public convergence in Metro Manila to ensure a peaceful All Saints’/Souls’ Day, National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Superintendent Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.
Albayalde said over 9,500 policemen have been deployed in different parts of Metro Manila, with the Armed Forces of the Philippines-National Capital Region, local government units and other force multipliers beefing up the safety and security of the public during the observance of All Saints’ Day/Souls’ Day.
The official said they have also coordinated their security preparations with the Armed Forces, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Bureau of Fire Protection , LGUs and different volunteer groups and force multipliers to ensure zero incident during the Undas period.
Albayalde said he has ordered all five NCRPO District Directors’ Chiefs of Police and Station Commanders to closely coordinate with other agencies and intensify their intelligence and counter-intelligence operations to preempt any act of criminality.
Albayalde emphasized that there will be strict implementation and monitoring on the prohibition of bladed weapons, flammable materials, liquors, wine and other alcoholic beverages, gardening tools, deadly buckles, loud speakers and gaming cards inside the cemeteries to preserve solemnity and peace in the place.
He also asked the public’s full support and cooperation and reminded the citizenry to be alert and vigilant against any suspicious persons and activities. The official encouraged the people to immediately report to the nearest Police Assistance Desks and police stations situated in 99 cemeteries in Metro Manila the presence of possible troublemakers.
He also reminded those who will travel to the provinces to secure their respective homes, unplug electrical appliances and make sure that all points of entry are locked.
Motorists travelling to the provinces are also reminded to check their vehicles’ “blowbagets” (battery, light, oil, water, brakes, air, gas, engine, tire and self) condition before embarking on a trip.