The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Tagbilaran City and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) have declared preparedness to respond to emergency cases during the All Saints’ Day break as hundreds of people are expected to troop to cemeteries to pay respects to the dead.
According to PDRRMO chief Anthony Damalerio, personnel of his office and those of the TARSIER 117 have been placed on alert for quick response to any emergency case during the two-day break on October 31 and November 1, and up to All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2 which was not declared as a special non-working day.
For his part, Tagbilaran City Poliec Station chief Patricio Degay said that they will be setting up assistance booths in key areas near cemeteries to hasten police response at these locations which are expected to draw large crowds during the break.
The police and barangay tanods (village watchemen) have also coordinated in the implementation of roving operations, Degay added.
The police official also urged the public to never leave homes unattended or without proper security measures such as reliable locks to prevent burglaries.
Authorities also asked those intending to visit the cemeteries to be vigilant against any threat and responsible in keeping the areas clean and cleared of items brought in during the long break. (R. Tutas)