MANILA The observance of Undas nationwide has been peaceful so far, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Friday.
PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said police officers are on full alert to respond to crime incidents and emergencies as people continue to flock to cemeteries.
As of 12 noon peace and order situation nationwide remains normal with no untoward incident reported, Banac said in a message sent to reporters.
In Metro Manila, acting chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said that no major crimes have been reported since last night and the security forces of the NCRPO are maintaining peace and order in Metro Manila for the duration of All Saints' and All Souls' days.
Sinas assured that the NCRPO is operationally ready and posted in places of convergence on All Saints' Day while the families in Metro Manila pay respects to their departed loved ones mostly in cemeteries.
He began the day early by inspecting the biggest cemetery at the eastern side of Metro Manila, the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City and La Loma Catholic Cemetery where influx of people is expected.
We are prepared for Undas we are very happy everything is in order and all our personnel deployed in the area so again we appeal to the public to maintain good atmosphere of Undas 2019, he told a press briefing at Quezon City Police District (QCPD).
We expect the highest turnout of visitors in cemeteries today. I talked to district director of MPD (Manila Police District) they expect the volume to increase at the Manila North and South Cemetery. So far everything is in order. No untoward incidents in bus terminals from district director of the QCPD. Trips are smooth and there are no delays, he added.
He also thanked the public for their vigilance and cooperation, which has been part and parcel of this year's safe and sound observance.
As of 10 a.m. Friday, the PNP said a total of 169,153 visitors flocked to cemeteries and columbaria in Metro Manila. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency