By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — After the successful implementation of the security measures for the eight-day filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) and the certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) of local and national candidates, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now preparing for this year’s observance of the All Saints’ Day (Nov 1) and All Souls’ Day (Nov 2).
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar said early security preparations have been proven effective in ensuring the safety of the public on big events that include the Undas on November 1 and 2.
“Ngayon pa lang ay inatasan ko na ang ating mga unit commanders na simulan na paghandaan ang mga seguridad na ilalatag sa darating na All Saint’s and All Soul’s Day sa susunod na buwan,” said PGen Eleazar.
“Inaasahan ko ang ating mga chiefs of police ay makikipag-ugnayan ng maaga sa kani-kanilang mga local government units upang pagplanuhan ang mga patakarang ipapatupad sa mga sementeryo, memorial parks at columbarium lalo na at nasa gitna pa tayo ng pandemya,” he added.
The Chief PNP also reminded the public to plan ahead and check the regulations that will be implemented in their respective local government units in relation to visiting cemeteries this year.
Last year, some LGUs closed down cemeteries and memorial parks on November 1 and 2 in anticipation of the influx of people amid the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Some LGUs, on the other hand, implemented visiting schedules in order to ensure that the observation of Undas would not turn into a super spreader event.
On the days that visits to cemeteries will be allowed, PGen Eleazar ensured that the police would strictly monitor the flock of people and guarantee that the minimum health standards will be followed.
“Nagawa na natin ito noong nakaraang taon kaya’t nasisiguro kong magagampanan ulit nang maayos ng ating kapulisan ang kanilang tungkulin sa panahon ng Undas,” the PNP Chief said. (ai/mtvn)