No backpacks, rifles, liquor in cemeteries November 1-2 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:44

City Hall last Friday issued two executive orders mandating the imposition of traffic rerouting scheme on roads leading to major cemeteries and promulgating rules and regulations for strict compliance during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

The two executive orders shall take effect 12am of November 1 until 5pm of November 2.

Executive Order BC 81-2014 issued by Mayor Beng Climaco prohibits the bringing of firearms, bladed weapons and other similar items and backpacks inside the cemetery premises. Likewise it prohibits the bringing, selling and drinking of liquor inside all cemeteries as well as the putting up of stalls and selling of food, beverage, candles and other items within the 20 meter space leading to the entrance/gate of the cemetery. This is to ensure free and unhampered flow of vehicular and human traffic entering and leaving the cemetery.

Playing of loud music from radio/stereo cassettes or communicating through microphones or conversing in loud voices that cause public disturbance is also not allowed. Exempted however, are religious rites under the strict supervision of the Parish Priest of the barangay where the cemetery is located.

EO 81 also bans all types of gambling and the use of firecrackers/pyrotechnics display inside the cemeteries. All motor vehicles are to be parked at designated areas outside the cemetery premises.

The observance of All Saints Day on Nov. 1 and All Souls Day on Nov. 2 draw thousands of people from all walks of life to both public and private cemeteries.

On other hand, EO BC-82, authorizes the City Police Director through the Traffic Section to plan, adopt and implement temporary traffic rerouting scheme on all roads leading to public and private cemeteries on Nov. 1 and 2.

Mayor Climaco said it is the responsibility of the local government to see to it that traffic will be “smooth, orderly and convenient to the public in all roads leading to private and public cemeteries.

Based on the mayor’s order, traffic aides under the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office are directed to render work on said days in close coordination with the Traffic Section of the ZCPO.

Mayor Climaco together with City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. last Friday met with the police, military and other stakeholders to finalize plans for the religious observance.

Climaco has directed all concerned to ensure the strict enforcement/compliance of the two orders to attain a peaceful and orderly observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. — Sheila Covarrubias