Quezon City authorities are ready to implement public safety and order plans at the city’s public and private cemeteries and bus terminals to ensure the orderly observance of All Saints Day on November 1.
Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has directed all concerned departments and offices led by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), and Civil Registry to immediately prepare the necessary plan of action, including security measures, traffic re-routing on roads leading to cemeteries and bus terminals, and physical arrangements at cemeteries, particularly for the public cemeteries in Bagbag, Baesa and Novaliches.
QC civil registrar Ramon Matabang reported to Mayor Bautista that cleaning of the three public cemeteries had already commenced with the assistance of personnel from the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD).
Matabang said that asphalt overlay on roads leading to the three cemeteries was already scheduled by the City’s Engineering Department.
At least 30 personnel from Civil Registry will be deployed in the three public cemeteries as early as October 30 until November 2 to provide assistance regarding inquiries, according to Matabang.
DPOS Chief Elmo San Diego, for his part, revealed that a total of 400 personnel from his department will be deployed to help prevent traffic bottlenecks on roads leading to not only in the three public cemeteries but also to the three private cemeteries – the Eternal Garden Memorial Park in Balumbato, Himlayang Pilipino in Tandang Sora and Holy Cross in Quirino Highway.
San Diego said that DPOS personnel will also assist police officers in security and traffic management to routes leading to bus terminals.
He said that his department is closely coordinating with QCPD and the barangays to ensure an orderly and peaceful observance of All Saints Day in the city.
Meanwhile, QCPD Director George Regis is urging the public to be vigilant and to take extra precautions against lawless elements.
Regis said that cemeteries’ visitors should refrain from bringing prohibited objects and from engaging in activities that will cause inconvenience to other visitors to the cemeteries.
The QCPD director said that uniformed and plainclothes policemen will be assigned to the cemeteries and bus terminals in QC in order to prevent any untoward incident. Maureen Quiñones, PAISO