BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) will keep watch over public and private cemeteries in the province until November 4 as Negrenses are expected to resume visits after the four-day closure until November 2.
Lt. Abegael Donasco, the spokesperson of NOCPPO, said on Tuesday they have not recorded incidents of civilians forcing their way inside the cemeteries over the long weekend.
“I think people have been well informed that they are not allowed to enter on those dates that’s why no one attempted,” she added.
In Executive Order 21-47, series of 2021, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson directed the closure of all public and private cemeteries as well as columbaria in the province to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Donasco said personnel manning the police assistance desks in cemeteries and memorial parks in all 31 cities and municipalities will stay in their assignments until Thursday, based on the instructions of police provincial director Col. Romeo Palgue.
“We will not pull them out yet. They have to comply with the directive,” she added.
Police patrol teams have been deployed personnel in cemeteries and memorial parks in the province since October 25 to secure visitors and ensure compliance with health and safety protocols. (PNA)