By Martin Sadongdong
A total of 3,238 police officers will be deployed in Metro Manila cemeteries to ensure public safety in the upcoming commemoration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1 and 2, 2018, respectively.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar said Sunday the cops will be sent on the field as early as October 31 to prepare for the influx of visitors which are expected to reach millions.
In total, there are 81 cemeteries and 30 columbaria in the entire Metro Manila so the NCRPO also tapped its counterpart government agencies in providing maximum security to the public.
This includes additional forces from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), concerned local government units and other volunteer groups to serve as force multipliers.
Aside from ensuring public security, Eleazar said they are expected to provide motorist assistance and traffic management along routes leading to different areas of interest such as cemeteries, terminals, train stations, seaports and airports.
“Beat patrollers along with K9 handlers and explosive ordnance experts [will also be] posted to secure key security areas and vital installations to prevent terrorist activities,” he said.
Anti-criminality, anti-drug operations
The NCRPO chief also noted that all police stations were tasked to implement increased police visibility and intensify their preventive patrol operations to ensure public safety in Metro Manila.
This means that police will not take a break from conducting anti-criminality and anti-illegal drug operations even during the holidays.
The NCRPO also encouraged the public to be extra vigilant against criminals who are expected to take advantage of the holidays.