Close to 2,000 cops deployed across the region

PEACEFUL UNDAS. Police authorities in Eastern Visayas said that the two-day commemoration of ‘undas’ across the region was generally peaceful. Photo shows the living paying their respects to their loved ones entombed at the Catholic cemetery in Tacloban City.(CITY INFORMATION OFFICE)


CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, PALO,Leyte – The observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day across Eastern Visayas was declared as ‘generally peaceful and orderly’ by the regional Philippine National Police (PNP).
During the two-day observance for the departed, they have not monitored any major untoward incident that could have disturbed the peace and order situation in any part of the region, Police Lieutenant Colonel Ma. Bella Rentuaya, PRO8 regional information officer, said in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express.
According to her, this could have been attributed to the preparations made by the police headquarters under the supervision of Brigadier General Ferdinand Divina, police regional director.
“The observance of “Undas 2019” in the region was generally peaceful and orderly and no untoward incident was reported throughout Eastern Visayas,” Rentuaya said.
Rentuaya said that the police force in the region was under full alert status starting October 31, until November 3 ending at 6 am.
She reported that PRO8 deployed 2,129 personnel, aside from the more than 4,000 force multipliers from various agencies all over the region and assigned to places of high convergence of people like the cemeteries, commercial establishments, bus terminals, seaports, airports, malls, major thoroughfares and other areas of convergence to ensure security and safety of the general public during the two-day occasion.
During the observance of the All Saints and All Souls Days, B/Gen. Divina ordered his commanders on the ground to coordinate with the different counterparts like the local government and barangay units, and other stakeholders and force multipliers for this long-held national tradition.
In addition, police assistance hubs were also activated, quick response teams were also on standby, and motor safety marshals were put up to provide assistance to the people who went to the cemeteries.