Celso lauds police, TFZ for orderly, peaceful ‘Undas’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 November 2012 14:58

Mayor Celso Lobregat has commended the police, military and all other stakeholders for the peaceful and orderly observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day or ‘undas’ in Zamboanga City.

Lobregat on Thursday (All Saints’ Day and Friday (All Souls’ Day) made the rounds of major cemeteries in the city not only to look into the situation and the implementation of the operation plan Kaluluwa but also to visit the tombs of departed relatives and friends and former city officials, as he did in the past 8 years.
“Our assessment is that it was very very peaceful and orderly and we thank all those who helped contribute to the effort to ensure the strict enforcement of the traffic scheme and our executive orders”, Lobregat said.

Specifically, the chief executive thanked the police and Task Force Zamboanga personnel, the barangay officials and barangay tanods, the medical component that consisted of personnel from the City Health Office, Zamboanga Red Cross, Zamboanga City Medical Center and other emergency units, radio groups such as the Kabalikat and Alert and all other stakeholders.

The mayor also cited the support and cooperation of the flower vendors along San Jose Street including the flower buyers, as vehicular and pedestrian traffic turned out to be smooth and hassle-free.

Lobregat likewise thanked the public for the support and cooperation in the implementation of the two executive orders—one, imposing a traffic rerouting scheme in all roads leading to cemeteries and the other imposing rules and regulations in cemeteries—which he issued in line with OPLAN Kaluluwa.

The mayor on Thursday was in the company of Councilors Rudy Lim, Myra Paz Abubkar, and Nonong Guingona and his nephew BG Guingona when he made the rounds of the cemeteries specifically in Baliwasan, Forest Lake Memorial garden in Tumaga, Sta.Maria and the two burial sites in San Roque.

Yesterday, Friday, All Souls’ Day, Lobregat visited the cemeteries in the west coast, specifically the Ayalal public cemetery.

Lobregat visited the grave of his great grandmother Manuela Rojas at the Baliwasan cemetery and likewise offered candles, flowers and prayers in the graves of former city officials—Mayor Vitaliano Agan, Councilor Asterio Solis and police officer Col. Romeo Abendan and partymates such as the late Councilors Roberto Villares, Jesus Aquino, Elias Enriquez, Mila Velasquez and Eddie Rodriguez, late Eling de las Peñas, late City Planning and development officer Melinda Cabato, and late City Legal officer Norberto Patriarca and several others.

The mayor together with other city officials also offered candles, flowers and prayers for his late mother, Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca where the late mayor’s statue is located.

Mayor Lobregat it is recalled issued two executive orders, 478-rerouting traffic in all roads leading to the cemeteries and 479 promulgating rules and regulations for strict compliance during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the city. — Sheila Covarrubias