2,277 cops deployed in Western Visayas for ‘Undas’ duty

ILOILO CITY – The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) has deployed 2,277 cops across Western Visayas region for this year’s new way of commemorating of “Undas”, or the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day tradition.

A man wearing a face mask and face shield is one of those who took time to visit a public cemetery in Quintin Salas village, Jaro district, Iloilo City ahead of the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

PRO-6 Director Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan said they were deployed to ensure that minimum safety and health standards are followed to lower the risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission.

Because of the pandemic, observance of the annual tradition of visiting the resting place of the dearly departed would have to be different this year.

Local government units (LGUs) in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces, as well as the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod, will be following the national guideline that all cemeteries and columbarium will be closed from October 29 to November 4.

But the public will be allowed to visit cemeteries and columbarium before and after those dates.  

With this, Pamuspusan said that the police will still be enforce guidelines such as physical distancing and wearing of masks or face shields at these places.

Aside from the 2,277 cops, there are over 14,000 force multipliers that will augment the cops.