THE province of Bulacan and Regions 1 and 2 are ready for the massive exodus of travelers and tourists, and those going home during the extended weekend vacation to visit their departed loved ones during All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.
In Bulacan, a total of 111 first aid stations have been set up by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) to augment various public assistance centers in cemeteries and crowd convergence areas in the province’s 21 towns and three cities.
Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado has also ordered that first aid stations be set up since Friday in different public cemeteries and memorial parks.
He said Standby First Aider and public assistance booths were also set up in front of the provincial capitol. In other areas, an ambulance, fire truck and self-loading truck have been on standby beside a gasoline station from October 28 to November 3. Fire trucks were also deployed along key areas for immediate response during emergencies.
The Police Provincial Office also deployed additional personnel from the Public Safety Company to augment local police units.
Alvarado also called on his fellow Bulakenyos to reflect, pray for their departed loved ones and enjoy family bonding moments.
Cagayan Valley Police Director Chief Supt. Gilbert Sosa said security forces in the region are on full alert to ensure an orderly and peaceful observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.
“We have directed all police unit commanders in the Cagayan Valley region to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies, local government units and force multipliers to strictly implement the police integrated patrol system,” Sosa said.
He said on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day people converge in different cemeteries in the region, among them from Metro Manila and other regions, to visit their love ones in the Cagayan Valley.
The Maharlika Highway going to Cagayan Valley – from Santa Fe (Nueva Vizcaya) to Santiago City (Isabela) – have always had very heavy traffic during these times.
He added that they have deployed route safety marshals for motorists and also established assistance desks for the public in all cemeteries, seaports and airports.
More policemen in Ilocos Region
In the Ilocos region, police forces have been directed to intensify their operations and be more vigilant to ensure public safety before, during and after November 1 and 2.
Ilocos Police Director Chief Supt. Gregorio Pimentel also ordered the deployment of more police personnel from the regional and provincial headquarters to the police stations to support route security, traffic management and preventive patrol operations from October 29 to November 2.
“We need to double our security efforts and provide maximum deployment of our personnel to make sure that the various threat groups, local terrorists and criminal gangs cannot take advantage of the situation to carry out their illegal activities,” he said.
Pimentel added that just like in previous years, they will tap other government agencies, NGOs, volunteer groups and local force multipliers to provide maximum security coverage and public safety services to include motorist assistance along major highways and traffic management along routes leading to cemeteries.