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Cordillera all set for Oplan Kaluluwa

by Susan Aro

Baguio City (30 October) -- Activities for the Oplan Kaluluwa are all set as concerned agencies came up with their respective contingency measures.

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) CAR, which chairs the sub-committee on traffic management and law enforcement presented the plan for All Saints Day during the Regional Law Enforcement and Coordinating Committee held last week to assist travelers and motorists from October 31 to November 3, 2006.

OIC Chief Legal and Technical Division Atty. Zenaida Biteng said the Regional Traffic Management Office-Cordillera (RTMO-COR) will conduct intensified motorized security patrol along major thoroughfares leading to and from the cemeteries and also render motorist assistance and conduct security coverage in support to local Philippine National Police units.

RTMO-COR organized four teams to be deployed at the Baguio Cemetery along Naguilian Road, Pyramid and Heavens Garden Cemetery in Kias, and at the Everlasting Cemetery also in Kias.

DOTC-CAR will reactivate action desks together with radio groups in the various bus terminals at the Gov. Pack Road PNR/DPS Compound, Burnham Park and Chugum Street area and Dangwa Terminal. They will also establish Regional Coordination Center infront of its office at the Post Office Loop which serves as a link to other DOTC Oplan Kaluluwa stations in other parts of the country.

Passengers are advised to file their complaints against erring drivers and/or motorists in the Action Desk set up in the different bus terminals and at the DOTC Regional Coordination Center.

Baguio City Police Office, on the other hand, prepared traffic advisories to be undertaken from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm of November 1, where rerouting shall take place.

Private vehicles are allowed to pass infront of Baguio Cemetery but have to turn around at the junction of San Carlos Heights and shall then be allowed to unload/load passengers infront of Baguio Cemetery then traverse Quirino Highway turn right Lourdes/Dominican Road in going back to Central Business District (CBD) Area.

Taxicabs delivering passengers to the cemetery shall load/unload at the back of Police Precinct (PP)1 infront of Recoletos Seminary and then take San Luis/San Roque Road right turn to Dominican Road towards Queen of Peace or Lourdes Road in going back to CBD.

Irisan, San Carlos Heights, NPC and other Naguilian Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) Associations going towards CBD shall take Naguilian Road, turn right to Dominican Road going down to either Queen of Peace or Queen of Apostles Road to their designated loading terminal. Usual route shall be used in going back to their point of origin. Unloading of passengers shall be at the junction of 1st Road San Carlos Heights.

San Luis, San Roque, Asin, Nangalisan and other PUJs Association, taking Asin Road going to CBD shall take San Roque Road, turn right to Dominican Road, going to Queen of Peace or Queen of Apostles Road to their terminal and usual route shall be used in going back to their point of origin. Loading of passengers shall be at the back of PP1, BCPO.

The whole stretch of San Luis Road, San Roque Road and Sofia De Veyra St., 1st Road Quezon Hill from its junction Naguilian Road up to Ponce St and 2nd Road Quezon Hill from junction of Naguilian up to Sofia De Veyra and Ponce St. will be declared one way.

Dominican PUJs Association going to CBD shall take Queen of Peace or Queen of Apostles Rd to their designated loading/unloading terminal. Usual route shall be used in going back to their point of origin. Unloading of passengers shall be before the Arc left side going to Baguio Cemetery.

Quezon Hill PUJs Association going to CBD shall take 1st Rd, Quezon Hill left turn towards Ferguson Rd to Bokawkan Rd or going down towards Naguilian Rd, turn right towards cemetery then go left to Dominican Rd going to Queen of Peace or Queen of Apostles to their designated loading/unloading of passengers which shall be nine meters away from the junction of 2nd Rd Quezon Hill.

Guisad, Fairview and other PUJ Associations taking Ferguson Rd going to CBD shall take Sepic Rd or Gaerlan Rd to Bokawkan Rd towards their designated loading terminal. Same route shall be used in going back to their point of origin.

Ban of trucks and buses will be implemented along Quirino Highway from Sepic St/Naguilian Rd junction up to junction of San Carlos Heights. Trucks and buses will take Marcos Highway or Lamtang-Longlong, Tam-awan Roads as their route of entry and exit on November 1, 2006.

Meanwhile, Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Raul Gonzales has instructed Provincial Directors and Municipal Chiefs of Police to come up with security plans in their respective jurisdictions particularly for bus terminals and areas where people conglomerate during the All Saints Day as these are the likely target areas of terrorists. He assured that there would be increase of police operatives in Baguio City and La Trinidad being the urban areas in the region.

Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Vicente Tomazar said the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council and the respective Provincial Disaster Coordinating Councils will also be on alert to extend services during the operations.

Other agencies which committed to assist during the operations include the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). (PIA) [top]

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