‘Oplan Kaluluwa’ finalized PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 October 2013 11:04

Mayor Beng Climaco together with City Police OIC Director Col. Dennis Basngi, Task Force Zamboanga Commander Col. Androlina Colina and City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. led a meeting Wednesday in City Hall that resulted in the finalization of all measures to ensure a peaceful and orderly observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on November 1 and 2, respectively.

At the same time, Mayor Climaco issued two executive orders—one directing the implementation of a temporary traffic re-routing scheme on all roads leading to public and private cemeteries and the other, promulgating rules and regulations for strict compliance on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.

The local police with the support of Task Force Zamboanga will deploy uniformed personnel for security and traffic measures on all roads leading to major public and private cemeteries within the seven-kilometer radius in compliance with the executive orders. This is on top of the police personnel coming from the different police precincts.

Under the same order, EO No. BC19-2013, the city’s traffic aides are also directed to render work on the said days in close coordination with the traffic section of the police.

The City Health Office under Dr. Rodelin Agbulos will lead in the health aspect of the entire “Undas” operation by deploying health teams in all cemeteries.

As in previous years, certain roads will be declared one way going to the cemeteries such as the one in Sta.Cruz, Don Toribio in Tetuan, San Jose Road and San Roque and all other roads to be designated later. Barricades and signboards will also be set up for public guidance.  Parking spaces will also be provided, depending on the availability of areas for the purpose in each cemetery.

The temporary traffic re-routing scheme will take effect Nov. 1 from 12am to 5pm of Nov. 2, 2013.

On the other hand, EO No. BC 20-2013 directs the implementation of various rules and regulations such as the prohibition on the bringing of firearms, bladed weapons and other similar items inside cemetery premises; prohibition on selling and drinking of liquor inside cemeteries; prohibition on the putting up of temporary stalls and selling of foods, beverages, candles and others within the 20 meter space leading to the entrance/gate of the cemetery; prohibition on the playing of loud music from radio/stereo cassettes or communicating through microphones or conversing in loud voices that cause disturbance to others; ban on any type of gambling; prohibition on the use of  firecrackers/pyrotechnics display and the prohibition on parking of motor vehicles inside public cemeteries.

Violators of the said executive orders will be conducted to the nearest police stations for investigation and filing suits, if so warranted, under existing laws and ordinances or the imposition of fines as the case may be.

Also present during the meeting were Asst. City Administrator Elmer Apolinario, General Services Officer Engr. Rene de la Cruz, Dr. Agbulos, Police Operations Chief PSI Rolly Joaquino, Police Traffic Division Chief PSI Cesar Memoracion, the chiefs of 11 police stations all over the city, parish priests, the barangay chairmen of Baliwasan, Calarian, San Roque, Tumaga, Tetuan, Sta. Maria, Mercedes and representatives from radio groups and other stakeholders. —Sheila Covarrubias