THE Lingayen Airport will be closed this weekend for the commemoration of All Saint’s Day and All Souls’ Day because a huge crowd is expected to cross the runway, which is the shortest route to Lingayen public cemetery.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Wednesday admitted they can not stop the people of crossing the restricted area because the public cemetery is beside the airport’s runway.
Another burden to the aviation regulator would be visitor’s kite-flying over the weekend.
The CAAP issued a Notice-to-Airmen (Notam) that closure of operation of the airport will be closed on October 31 until November 2, to make sure that aircraft operation safety is not compromised.
Lingayen Airport is one of the airports in Pangasinan province that serves small planes. The Notam will also affect the flying schools in the area.
“Half of the airport fence is made up of only barbed wire, thus, people can easily gain access to the runway,” the CAAP said.
In Ormoc City, Leyte province there are crowds starting to visit cemeteries and memorial gardens to clean niches and tombstones of their departed relatives.
Children were observed offering cleaning services with prices ranging from P50 to P300 per niche.
Meanwhile, the Metro Bataan Development Authority General Manager Carlos Pizarro Jr. said he assigned more personnel along the major highways to direct traffic and extend assistance to motorists especially along the accident-prone Roman Expressway that extends from Layac junction in Dinalupihan to Mariveles town.
“Motor assistance desks composed of personnel from MBDA, police, provincial disaster office, rescue and barangay Tanod will be set-up in major points,” Pizarro said.