By Chito Chavez
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) assured the public that security measures are in place to ensure the peaceful and orderly observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
The DILG still reminded all local government units (LGUs) and law enforcement agencies to be vigilant to prevent any untoward incident during “Undas.’’
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that weeks before Undas, LGUs and attached agencies of the Department are already working to ensure the safety and well-being of all travelers.
“Unfortunately, criminals can take advantage of this time of the year,” he added.
Año, through DILG Memorandum Circular 2019-174, reminded all LGUs to be on top of the commemoration of All Saints’ Day by “implementing all necessary measures towards a peaceful and safe observance of Undas 2019.”
According to the said memorandum, LGUs must convene their Local Peace and Order Council (LPOC) and exercise its mandate by formulating a contingency plan on peace and order and public safety.
“Peace and security can’t be achieved by one entity alone hence we urge the LGUs to tap and maximize their LPOCs this Undas 2019,” he said.
Año also encouraged the mobilization and deployment of law enforcement units, barangay tanods, and medical personnel within the vicinity of private and public cemeteries and memorial parks; and local and national roads to provide assistance and increase police visibility to the traveling public and ensure traffic management.
He also asked the LGUs to ensure security units are present in critical areas within the province, city, and municipality to prevent the entry of lawless elements and to apprehend criminals.
“Criminals don’t go on a holiday. On the contrary, this is their season to wreak havoc and victimize our kababayans. We need all law enforcement units and force multipliers to be alert at all times,” he noted.
The DILG chief also emphasized the maintenance of cleanliness and orderliness in cemeteries and other public places before, during, and after Undas 2019 as recent years brought in tons of garbage.
PNP, BFP in full force
Año said the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are in full force during the holidays.
“The PNP and BFP will be on the streets manning all points of convergence to ensure that this year’s Undas will be safe and peaceful for all Filipinos,” Año said.
Año noted the PNP, starting on October 28 until November 3 will intensify police visibility with the deployment of its entire 190,000 personnel “working overtime to ensure that Filipinos will have peace of mind as they observe Undas 2019.”
A total of 35,618 cops will be deployed in cemeteries with the inclusion of 99,716 force multipliers or volunteers.
Meanwhile, the BFP, through its annual Oplan Kaluluwa program is also on alert.
The DILG Chief says that all units of the fire bureau will be on heightened alert or Code Blue from October 27-29 and full alert or Code Red from October 30 to November 2 to maximize the deployment of personnel and keep all stations ready to respond to any emergency.