LEGAZPI CITY, Albay — Tight security measures are to be carried out as police assistance desks and checkpoints would be set up in all cemeteries, churches, transport terminals and major highways for the All Souls Day observance on Wednesday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol said Monday.
Police Senior Inspector Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson, said in an interview she is calling on the public not to bring any bladed objects, liquors, portable radio or stereo components and other prohibited items as cops deployed in cemeteries would confiscate them.
In an interview, she said cops would be very strict in checking belongings brought by persons when visiting their departed relatives at the cemetery.
“We shall issue advisories to the public containing the standard operating procedures or dos and don’ts with regards to the observance of All Souls Day,” she said.
Hundreds of policemen would be deployed to beef up existing police forces across the six provinces of Bicol, Calubaquib said, noting that the PNP in Bicol will be on full alert status as part of “Oplan Undas.”
Policemen would not be allowed to go on leave and those who are on leave would be recalled and be placed on duty during the religious observance.
“The security measure would ensure the safety of all residents and visitors that would be arriving here to observe the All Souls’ Day,” Calubaquib said.
The police assistance centers in various transport terminals will assist incoming and outgoing passengers in the cities of Naga, Legazpi, and Masbate and in Virac town in Catanduanes.
Calubaquib said checkpoints would be set up to assist motorists and visitors from other places.
She said they are closely coordinating with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), DPWH, Philippine Army, Department of Health (DOH) and civic organizations to implement “Oplan Undas” in the six provinces of Bicol.
Calubaquib said the police would also closely coordinate with the Army on the security measures for cell site relay stations and towers in remote villages that have been prone to attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas. (PNA)