Lobregat pleased with Oplan Kaluluwa PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:11

Mayor Celso Lobregat has expressed satisfaction with the peaceful and orderly observance of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the city as he praised the police, military, the volunteers and all agencies concerned for exerting all efforts to guarantee a hassle-free visit to burial sites.

Likewise, the mayor applauded the residents of Zamboanga for their full support and cooperation with the authorities that helped contribute to the success of the operation plan during the holidays.

Lobregat along with Councilors Nonong Guingona, Rudy Lim, Rey Candido and Joefel de las Penas Monday (Nov. 1) made the rounds of major cemeteries in the city specifically those located in Baliwasan, Sta. Maria, Tumaga (Forest Lake) and San Roque to assess the implementation of the two executive orders he issued as well as the other measures undertaken by concerned agencies.   Personally monitoring the situation in the cemeteries during All Saints’ Day has been Lobregat’s tradition since 1998 when he was still a congressman.

Last October 6, the mayor issued executive orders 362 and 363 in relation to the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day observance. The first order referred to the ban on firearms, bladed weapons, loud sounds, gambling and the sale, display and intake of liquor in all cemeteries while the second referred to the imposition of a temporary traffic rerouting scheme in all streets leading to public and private cemeteries.

Based on police records, violation of the law was very minimal in all barangays of the city.

While the two executive orders were strictly enforced by the police, the other agencies also implemented their own operation plans to help ensure the solemnity of the occasion as well as law and order. These include the City Health Office and the local Red Cross which assigned medical and first aid teams to different public cemeteries from Nov. 1 to 2  to attend to people’s health problems that may arise while visiting their departed loved ones.

National agencies such as the Land Transportation Office also set up public assistance desks in terminals for air, land and sea transportations, to look into problems confronting commuters and drivers.

Lobregat said the full support and cooperation of all sectors in the city helped contribute to the peaceful and orderly commemoration of the day of the departed.

Prior to Nov. 1, the mayor has called on all residents to solemnly observe All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and to strictly comply with the provisions of the executive orders issued for the occasion.

The temporary traffic rerouting scheme and the ban on liquors, firearms, bladed weapons and loud sounds which started 5am Nov. 1 was lifted 5 p.m. yesterday, Nov. 2.

By Sheila Covarrubias