Celso orders liquor, gun banned in all cemeteries PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 October 2012 15:17

As in the past years, firearms, bladed weapons, selling and drinking of liquor and other similar items including gambling shall not be allowed inside the premises of public and private cemeteries during the observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, respectively. 

Mayor Celso Lobregat ordered these rules and regulations implemented effective 12 midnight of Nov. 1 until 5pm of Nov. 2 in a bid to obtain order and solemnity of the occasions when thousands are expected to flock the graveyards of their departed loved ones.

The order is contained in Executive Order 479-2012 issued Tuesday, Oct. 23 citing the expected huge influx of people in burial sites come Thursday and Friday next week.

The chief executive likewise issued EO 478 authorizing the City Police Office through the Traffic Section Chief to plan, adopt and implement temporary traffic rerouting scheme on all roads leading to public and private cemeteries also to take effect 12 midnight of Nov. 1 until 5pm of Nov. 2.

“It has been observed that incidences of unruly/ undisciplined and at times violent behavior are reported in cemeteries, thereby disturbing those who solemnly visit the graveyards of their departed loved ones.

Based on the Executive Order, the following acts are absolutely prohibited inside all cemeteries: Bringing of firearms, bladed weapons and other similar items; bringing, selling and drinking of liquor; putting up temporary stalls and selling of foods, beverages, candles, etc. within 20 meters space leading to the entrance gates of cemeteries to ensure free and unhampered flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Playing of loud music on radio/stereo cassettes or the use of microphones or conversing in loud voices that cause disturbance/ irritants to others is strictly prohibited inside the cemetery, including any type/form of gambling. The use of firecrackers/pyrotechnics display is also prohibited inside the cemeteries.

Violators of the order are to be conducted to the police station for investigation and filing of charges if so warranted, under existing laws and ordinances or the imposition of fines as the case maybe.

In EO 478, Lobregat stressed that it is the responsibility of the city government to see to it that traffic is smooth, orderly and convenient to the public in all roads leading to private and public cemeteries during the observance of the annual activity.

The traffic aides of the city are directed to render work on the said days in close coordination with the Traffic Section of the City Police Office. The City Administrator is requested to monitor compliance of the directive.

Lobregat Tuesday afternoon met with all those involved in the implementation of the executive orders that included Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario, Asst. City Health Officer Dr. Carol Carabaña, representatives from the City Police Office and the different station commanders, representatives from Task Force Zamboanga, barangay chairmen, Fr. Max Rodriguez, Fr. Fred Alavado, cemetery administrators—both public and private, radio clubs, General Service Officer Engr. Rene de la Cruz, Assistant City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Ed Bisquera, City Hall Chief Executive Assistant Mario Roca, representatives from ZAMCELCO, Zamboanga City Water District and numerous others. — Sheila Covarrubias