Celso urges strict enforcement of Oplan Kaluluwa PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 November 2012 14:27

Mayor Celso Lobregat has urged the strict enforcement of measures agreed upon under operation plan “Kaluluwa” in a bid to ensure an orderly and peaceful observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively.

Oplan Kaluluwa is an operation plan that covers security deployment, traffic rerouting, deployment of health personnel and other rules and regulations for implementation in major cemeteries—both public and private.

Lobregat issued two executive orders— Executive Order 479-2012 promulgating rules and regulations in burial sites and Executive Order 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 –all to take effect 12 midnight of Nov. 1 until 5pm of Nov. 2.

EO 479 bans the 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.

The same EO 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. 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.

Based on EO 478, the police have prepared a traffic rerouting scheme in all roads leading to public and private cemeteries to help ensure a hassle-free observance of the day of the dearly departed.

Uniformed personnel from the City Police Office will be deployed 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’s traffic enforcement team is tasked to assist the police in traffic management.

The City Health Office under Dr. Rodel Agbulos  in coordination with the Department of Health and other agencies will lead in the health aspect of the entire  operation plan by deploying health teams in all cemeteries. — Sheila Covarrubias