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PIA Press Release
2007/11/03

All Saints Day generally peaceful in Eastern Visayas

Tacloban City (November 3) -- Tacloban City and Region 8 as a whole observes All Saints Day in a peaceful and orderly manner, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported.

This as the PNP heightened their security measures by fielding security forces in the different cemeteries, together with the full cooperation of the barangay officials and the cemetery-goers alike.

The PNP has recorded no untoward incidents in the City of Tacloban, even in the City's biggest public cemetery. The people entering the cemetery were subjected to body search by the Philippine National Police in order to ensure that no deadly weapons and liquor which are prohibited will not be smuggled inside the cemetery.

The PNP thanked the people for understanding that these measures were implemented in order to ensure the safety of the citizens who were paying respect to their departed love ones.

It was the general observation that unlike in the previous years, the observance of the All Saints Day and All Souls Day was done in a well-organized and orderly manner.

Even the Operation Bakal" where the cemetery-goers were searched upon entering the cemeteries to see to it that no bladed and deadly weapons are brought inside the cemetery premises, yielded negative results.

Also gone is the perennial traffic congestion near the Public cemetery as the PNP closed the El Reposo St. Including the Real portion to traffic. The traffic was rerouted to the Old Road in Sagkahan in order to avoid traffic at the Redemptorist Church.

The PNP attributed these positive developments to the cooperation and support of the people. The PNP also acknowledged the support of the local radio stations as a big help in informing the people on the policies for the cemetery goers.

It was timely that they were able to inform the general public through local radio stations on matters concerning security and preparedness like going to the cemetery earlier to avoid traffic delays, bringing of just the most important things needed and allowed and not to wear jewelries and most importantly to obey to the rules and regulations for everybody's good.

As a whole, this year's observance of All Saints Day in the city was a solemn one with the collective effort of all the sectors of society. (PIA 8) [top]

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