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As people start to flock to cemeteries for their early observance of All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar tasked all police offices to coordinate with local government units to ensure the safe and orderly visit of the public.

PGen Eleazar said part of the security and safety measures is the setting up of police assistance desks in entry points of cemeteries and memorial parks to cater to the needs of the public and to control the volume of people entering them.

Like last year, cemeteries are expected to be closed during Undas 2021 due to the continuing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Inaasahan na ng inyong Philippine National Police ang pagdagsa ng ating mga kababayan sa Metro Manila sa mga sementeryo at memorial parks lalo na at may abiso na isasara ang mga ito sa Undas,” PGen Eleazar said.

“Dahil dito, inatasan ko na ang ating mga chiefs of police lalo na sa Metro Manila na makipag-ugnayan sa mga lokal na pamahalaan upang makontrol ang pagdagsa ng tao, kabilang dito ang pagtatayo ng police assistance desk sa mga entry points para limitahan ang bilang ng mga taong papasok upang bisitahin ang kanilang mga namayapang mahal sa buhay,” he added.

The Chief PNP appealed to the public to follow the health and safety protocols during their visit to cemeteries so that it could not turn into a super spreader event.   “Nakikiusap din ang inyong PNP sa ating mga kababayan na sumunod sa mga patakarang ito upang hindi maging super spreader ang Undas 2021,” PGen Eleazar said.

Meanwhile, PGen Eleazar also directed the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to ensure the strict implementation of the shortened curfew hours across the metro.

Metro Manila Council head Edwin Olivarez said curfew hours would be between 12 midnight to 4 a.m., starting October 13.

“Sa kabila ng mas pinaigsing curfew hours dito sa Metro Manila, pinapaalalahanan ko pa rin ang ating kapulisan na patuloy na maging mapagmatyag at siguraduhing matahimik, mapayapa at ligtas ang bawat lansangan dito sa Kamaynilaan,” PGen Eleazar said.

“Maaaring samantalahin ng masasamang loob ang mas pinaikling curfew para gumawa pa rin ng krimen at ilagay sa kapahamakan ang ating mga kababayan. Inaasahan ko na magiging alerto ang ating mga pulis at mapapanatili nila na walang lilisaw-lisaw sa lansangan sa oras ng curfew,” he added.

The shortened curfew hours came as the number of COVID-19 infections has reportedly decreased since the implementation of the Alert Level 4 in Metro Manila.

So far, the Philippines has a total tally of 2,683,372 COVID-19 cases in which 82,228 are active cases.

Malacañang recently said there could be easing in the enforcement of protocols because of the lowered cases of COVID-19.

Photo Courtesy: mypope.com.ph

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