By Jhon Casinas
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro ordered key city departments and agencies to ensure that security measures and traffic re-routing schemes were in place for the peaceful observance of ”Undas 2019.”
The mayor recently led the inspection of Loyola Memorial Park, Barangka Municipal Cemetery, Aglipay Cemetery, Holy Child Cemetery, and Our Lady of Abandoned (OLA) ahead of the annual observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1 and 2.
“I want that security measures and traffic re-routing schemes will be implemented properly. There should be no untoward incident in the cemeteries. The peace and order should also be maintained,” Teodoro said in a statement Sunday.
The mayor has formed “Oplan Undas” Task Force with Councilor Manny Sarmiento as its chairman. It is composed of members from Marikina City Police, Office of Public Safety and Security (OPSS), City Health Department, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office-Marikina Rescue 161, Bureau of Fire Protection, and barangay officials.
The task force will be in charged with the safety and security of the public who will pay their respects on their departed loved ones. They will also enforce the traffic re-routing schemes imposed on some streets leading to and from the five cemeteries.
To avoid the congestion of traffic, the Marikina City government has prohibited vendors along roads and sidewalks near the cemeteries.
Sarmiento said vendors will only be allowed to sell their goods in designated areas near cemeteries.
“We have already coordinated with barangay officials to prohibit vendors on roads and sidewalks,” he said.
The councilor noted that they will be closely monitoring Loyola Memoral Park, the city’s largest cemetery.
The city government has also reminded the public not to bring prohibited items such as firearms, bladed weapons, alcoholic drinks, gambling paraphernalia, and loudspeakers inside the cemetery.
“Let us follow these reminders to avoid inconvenience during our visit to our departed loved ones,” Sarmiento advised.