Over 4,000 cops to be deployed in Caraga for ‘Undas’

The Caraga Regional Police Office would field more than 4,000 police personnel for this year’s commemoration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day to ensure the safety of people visiting cemeteries and traveling out of Caraga. COURIER FILE PHOTO

The Caraga Regional Police Office (PRO 13) would field more than 4,000 police personnel for this year’s commemoration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in anticipation of people’s influx to cemeteries to visit departed loved ones.

“It’s all system go for PRO 13 as we already started the security preparations to make sure that the celebration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day will be peaceful and orderly in Caraga region,” Caraga regional police director Brig. Gen. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. said in a statement.

Esquivel said he had ordered all unit commanders to tighten security in 1,961 key places of convergence like malls, terminals, cemeteries, churches, resorts, seaports and airports all throughout Caraga region, vulnerable to criminal and terrorist hostile activities.

He also said that the PRO 13 is working with other law enforcement agencies, especially the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), local government units (LGUs) and volunteer groups in securing key establishments and assisting motorists.

“This year, we expect the biggest number of people will be on cemeteries closest to the town centers or the key cities in the region especially in Butuan City which is the region’s capital,” Esquivel said.

Safety Marshals will also be deployed in strategic areas along the routes from and to the cemeteries and other areas of convergence. Assistance Hubs along major highways and coordination with volunteer groups will also be established.

“The PNP Caraga will provide a maximum-security coverage and public safety services during the ‘Undas’ break,” Esquivel said.

The police official pleaded to the public to cooperate with the police force in ensuring that the commemoration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day next week would be peaceful. By CLC

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