City Hall finalizes security, traffic plans for ‘All Saints, Souls Days’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 17:32

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday afternoon convened a meeting with the different sectors in a bid to finalize the security measures and traffic rerouting scheme for peaceful and smooth observance of “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day” on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively, in Zamboanga City.

Lobregat said the two-day religious activity is expected to draw thousands of people from all walks of life, swarming the different public and private cemeteries in the city, thus the situation is susceptible  traffic congestion and accidents.

In the meeting held at City Hall conference room were the chairmen of the different barangays where public cemeteries are located, traffic officers, Task Force Zamboanga commander Col. Buenaventura Pascual, parish priests, police station chiefs, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. Assistant City Administrator Elmer Apolinario and other stakeholders.

Early on, Mayor Lobregat has issued Executive Order No.CL 423-2011 dated October 17, 2011, directing the traffic division chief thru Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, officer-in-charge of the ZCPO, to temporarily reroute vehicular traffic from 5:30 a.m. of Nov. 1 to 5 p.m. of Nov. 2

Likewise, Lobregat has directed the city government’s traffic aides to render duty on the said dates in close coordination with the police’s traffic section.
City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. and his assistant Elmer Apolinarion were also tasked to monitor compliance of the chief executive’s directive.

Lobregat also issued another order, EO 424-2011, promulgating the rules and regulations for strict compliance during the observance of “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day” in Zamboanga City.

The chief executive ordered the implementation of the following rules and regulations:

- Bringing of firearms, bladed weapons and other similar items inside the cemetery premises is absolutely prohibited, so does the bringing, selling and drinking of liquor inside all cemeteries; 

- Putting up of temporary stalls and selling of foods, beverages, candles, etc. within the 20-meter space leading to the entrance gates of cemeteries is likewise prohibited so as to ensure free and unhampered flow of vehicular and human traffic in entering to and leaving the cemetery.

- Playing of loud music from radio, stereo cassettes or communicating thru microphones or conversing in loud voice is also prohibited, except the religious rites under the supervision of a parish priest;

- Any types of gambling is strictly prohibited;

- The use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnics display is prohibited inside the cemeteries, and all motor vehicles shall be parked at designated areas outside the cemeteries;

- Strictly no vending of any goods inside the public cemeteries. Food stalls may be allowed but 20 meters away from the cemeteries.

The order will be in effect from 5:30 a.m. of Nov. 1 until 5 p.m. of Nov. 2, and copies of which were furnished to the police for implementation.

Violators of the same will be conducted to the police station for investigation and filing of appropriate lawsuit, and if so warranted, under existing laws and ordinances or the imposition of fines as the case maybe, and to all barangay chairmen concerned. — Vic Larato