Celso orders compliance of 'Undas' rules PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 October 2010 17:40

Mayor Celso Lobregat has called on all sectors to strictly comply with the rules and regulations set by the local government and concerned agencies to ensure a peaceful and orderly observance of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively.

Mayor Lobregat refers to provisions of two executive orders he issued recently promulgating rules and regulations for strict compliance in cemeteries and authorizing the implementation of a temporary traffic rerouting scheme on all roads leading to public and private cemeteries.

Executive Order CL 363-2002 issued on October 6, 2010 directs the Police Traffic Section through City Police OIC director Col. Edwin de Ocampo to plan, adopt and implement a temporary traffic rerouting scheme on all roads leading to public and private cemeteries to take effect from 5:30 a.m. of November 1 to 5 p.m. of the following day on observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

Under the same order, the city’s traffic aides are also directed to render work on the said days in close coordination with the traffic section of the police.

Executive Order CL 362-2002 also issued Oct. 6, on the other hand bans the bringing of bladed weapons, firearms and other similar items including the bringing, selling and drinking of liquor inside all cemetery premises.  The putting up of the temporary stalls and the selling of food, beverages, candles and other items within the 20 meter space leading to the entrance/ gate of the cemetery is likewise prohibited so as to ensure free and unhampered flow of vehicular and human traffic, based on the order.

Likewise EO 362 prohibits the playing of loud music from radio/ stereo cassettes or communicating through microphones, any type of gambling and the use of firecrackers.  All motor vehicles shall be parked at designated areas outside the cemetery.
“We appeal to all concerned to cooperate and support all measures intended to guarantee the peaceful and orderly observance of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Violators of the said executive order are to be conducted to the police station for investigation and filing of suit, if so warranted, under existing laws and ordinances or the imposition of fines as the case may be.

Mayor Lobregat together with City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo and Task Force Zamboanga Commander Col. Buenaventura Pascual led a meeting the other day in City Hall that resulted in the finalization of all measures to ensure law and order in the cemeteries Monday and Tuesday when people flock to the tombs of their departed loved ones.

In compliance with Mayor Lobregat’s EO, it was agreed that the City Police under Col. De Ocampo will deploy uniformed personnel for security and traffic measures on all roads leading to major public and private cemeteries within the seven-kilometer radius. This is on top of the police personnel coming from the different police precincts.

The City Health Office under Dr. Rodel Agbulos  in coordination with the Department of Health-Regional Office 9 will lead in the health aspect of the entire “Undas” operation by deploying health teams in all cemeteries.

On traffic, certain roads are declared one way going to the cemeteries such as the one in San Roque, Tumaga-Lunzuran, De Leon St. in Sta. Maria, Don Toribio in Tetuan and all other roads to be designated later. Barricades and signboards will also be set up for public guidance.  Parking spaces will also be provided, depending on the availability of areas for the purpose in each cemetery.

Meanwhile, Malacanang has declared that Nov. 2, All Souls’ Day is not a holiday. Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day is a holiday nationwide.

Lobregat in his order said the two-day event is expected to draw thousands of people from all walks of life to burial sites that will cause traffic problems.

“It is the responsibility of the city government to see to it that traffic is smooth, orderly and convenient to the public during the observance of this religious activity”, the mayor said in his order.
Mayor Lobregat together with City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. yesterday met with the military, police, health department, radio groups, barangay officials and other agencies concerned to discuss all measures to ensure the orderly and peaceful observance of the activities from Nov. 1-2.

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with Sr. Supt. Amador Corpuz, officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga City Police Office, and Task Force Zamboanga commander Col. Santiago Baluyot led a meeting yesterday in City Hall that resulted in the finalization of all measures to ensure a peaceful and orderly observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on November 1 and 2, respectively.

In compliance with Mayor Lobregat’s Executive Order No. 292 dated October 14, it was agreed during the meeting the city police office under Supt. Corpuz will deploy at least 110 uniformed personnel for security and traffic measures on all roads leading to major public and private cemeteries within the seven-kilometer radius. This is on top of the police personnel coming from the different police precincts.

Under the same order, the city's traffic aides are also directed to render work on the said days in close coordination with the traffic section of the police.

The City Health Office, represented during the meeting by Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Carol Carabaña, will lead in the health aspect of the entire “Undas” operation by deploying health teams in all cemeteries.

On traffic, certain roads are declared one way going to the cemeteries such as the one in San Roque, Tumaga-Lunzuran, De Leon St. in Sta. Maria, Don Toribio in Tetuan and all other roads to be designated later. Barricades and signboards will also be set up for public guidance.  Parking spaces will also be provided, depending on the availability of areas for the purpose in each cemetery.

Also present during the meeting were City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., Asst. City Administrator Elmer Apolinario, City Hall Chief Executive Assistant Roseller Natividad, Executive Assistant Amilpasa Bandaying, Executive Assistant Mark Saavedra, the baranagy chairmen of San Roque, Tumaga, Tetuan, Sinunuc, Mercedes and chiefs of 11 police stations all over the city.

Lobregat has also issued EO 293 banning bladed weapons, firearms and other similar items inside the cemetery premises including the bringing, selling and drinking of liquor inside all cemeteries.

Other prohibited acts are the putting up of the temporary stalls and the selling of food, beverages, candles and other items within the 20-meter space leading to the entrances/gates of the cemeteries to ensure free and unhampered flow of vehicular and human traffic, the order states.

Likewise EO 293 prohibits the playing of loud music from radio/stereo cassettes or communicating through microphones, any type of gambling and the use of firecrackers.
Violators of the said executive orders will be conducted to the nearest police stations for investigation and filing suits, if so warranted, under existing laws and ordinances or the imposition of fines as the case may be.

By Vic Larato