By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Mayor Celso Lobregat on Tuesday ordered the strict enforcement of measures agreed upon under operation plan “Kaluluwa” to ensure an orderly and peaceful observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days in this southern port city.
“Oplan Kaluluwa” is an operation plan that covers security deployment, traffic rerouting, deployment of health personnel and other rules and regulations for implementation in major cemeteries–both public and private.
Lobregat has issued two directives–Executive Order 479-2012 promulgating rules and regulations in burial sites and Executive Order 478 authorizing the City Police Office through the Traffic Section Chief to plan, adopt and implement temporary traffic rerouting scheme on all roads leading to public and private cemeteries–all to take effect midnight of Nov. 1 until 5 p.m. of Nov. 2.
E.O. 479 bans the bringing of bladed weapons, firearms and other similar items including the bringing, selling and drinking of liquor inside all cemetery premises.
The setting up of temporary stalls and the sale of food, beverages, candles and other items within the 20 meter space leading to the entrance/gate of the cemetery is likewise prohibited so as to ensure free and unhampered flow of vehicular and human traffic.
The same E.O. prohibits the playing of loud music from radio/stereo cassettes or communicating through microphones, any type of gambling and the use of firecrackers.
All motor vehicles shall be parked at designated areas outside the cemetery.
Violators of the said executive order will be invited to the police station for investigation and will possibly be charged or fined if so warranted.
Based on E.O. 478, the police have prepared a traffic rerouting scheme in all roads leading to public and private cemeteries to help ensure a hassle-free observance of the occasion.
Uniformed personnel from the City Police Office will be deployed for security and traffic measures on all roads leading to major public and private cemeteries within the seven-kilometer radius. This is on top of the police personnel coming from the different precincts.
The city’s traffic enforcement team is tasked to assist the police.
The City Health Office under Dr. Rodel Agbulos in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies will deploy health teams to provide health and medical assistance in emergency cases.