Hundreds of policemen will be deployed to beef up security in cemeteries, and other areas across the six cities and five provinces of Caraga for the observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day or “Undas” on Wednesday and Thursday.
Chief Supt. Rolando Felix, Caraga police director, said the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Caraga would be on full alert as it launches “Oplan Kaluluwa.”
Felix said tight security will be implemented with police assistance desks and checkpoints set up in all cemeteries, churches, transport terminals and major highways in the cities of Butuan, Cabadbaran, Surigao, Bayugan, Tandag and Bislig.
Policemen are not be allowed to go on leave, and those who are on-leave will be recalled, and be put on-duty to help man assistance desks and checkpoints to secure the thousands expected to visit their departed family members, he said.
“I think we have a long vacation, and we are expecting a huge influx of vacationers. That’s why we expect more people in sea and airports including terminals, and we need to strengthen our security measures there,” Felix said.
The region’s police chief reminded the public bringing of alcoholic drinks and weapons as well as portable radio stereo components and gambling paraphernalia would be prohibited in cemeteries.
Felix said they were closely coordinating with the Department of Transportation (DoTR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Philippine Army and Department of Health (DOH) to smoothly implement “Oplan Kaluluwa” in the various places in Caraga region. By GD