‘Oplan Alma’ preps on PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:23

by Sheila Covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco and OIC-City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario on Monday led a meeting in City Hall to discuss preliminary preparations for the observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on November 1 and 2, respectively.

Dubbed as “Oplan Alma,” the operation plan will include traffic schemes, security measures and other rules and regulations to ensure peace and tranquillity as people will flock to public and private cemeteries to visit their departed loved ones.

Mayor Climaco sought the support and assistance of all agencies and sectors concerned stressing that it is unity and cooperation of all that will lead to the success of the activity.

The meeting, attended by police and military authorities, barangay officials, Catholic Church officials, civic and volunteer groups including concerned national and local government agencies, gathered comments, concerns and suggestions to help ensure a peaceful and orderly implementation of Oplan Alma.

The different requirements to include the need for ambulances and comfort rooms as well as sanctions for violators of the different measures that will be set in place were also tackled during the meeting.

Apolinario will meet with the security sector on Friday, October 23 to discuss plans of the different police sub-stations including the Task Force Zamboanga in the different areas under their areas of jurisdiction.

Mayor Beng Climaco is set to issue executive orders mandating the implementation of a traffic rerouting scheme and the prohibition of bringing of firearms and bladed weapons including the playing of loud music and gambling. The directives will also include rules and regulations for the establishment of stalls in cemeteries.

Uniformed and non-uniformed personnel will be deployed for security and traffic measures on all roads leading to major and private cemeteries within the 7-kilometer radius, on top of the police personnel coming from the different police precincts.

The City Health Office will set up health stations in 8 major cemeteries particularly those located in Sta. Maria, Talon-talon, Baliwasan, San Roque, Tetuan, Tumaga, Ayala and Mercedes. — Sheila Covarrubias