THE Interior and Local Government and the Philippine Red Cross are all set for this year’s Undas.
Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno has directed the Bureau of Fire Protection to exert necessary measures to ensure a fire-free All Souls’ Day while Philippine Red Cross chairman Senator Richard Gordon ordered the mobilization of its 102 chapters and subchapters in providing public assistance through “Oplan Kaluluwa” starting today until Nov. 2.
Sueno directed BFP officer-in-charge Chief Supt. Bobby Baruelo to put his men on full alert during the long weekend.
Baruelo said firefighters should be prepared to respond not only during fire incidents but also to other emergencies.
“We want the BFP to carry out all the necessary measures for the observance of a fire-free All Saints’ Day,”Baruelo said.
Sueno also directed the BFP to assist in the peace and order, particularly in public cemeteries.
Meanwhile, Senator Gordon said since last Thursday, over 1,500 PRC personnel and volunteers were mobilized in 243 cemeteries and set up of 295 first aid stations.
Apart from the first aid stations, PRC will also be setting up first aid posts on main highways such as North Luzon Expressway, South Luzon Expressway and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.
PRC will dispatch 61 ambulances to rove around major highways.
“This is the time of the year when families gather to remember their departed loved ones. So our goal at the Philippine Red Cross is to keep our fellow Filipinos safe at all times and give them the best assistance they need,” Gordon said.
In addition, 18 major bus terminals in Metro Manila and Batangas, and five major seaports will also be prioritized to cater to people who are still on their way back to their hometowns.
PRC will also have welfare stations and ambulances on standby to provide assistance in case of mass casualty incidents. And also, PRC will deploy more volunteers and will set up additional first aid stations during the whole operation.
The PRC advised the public to wear light colored clothing, bring water and avoid consuming alcoholic drinks. Parents with small children are likewise advised not to bring their children in crowded places to avoid health hazards.