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Cops troop to cemeteries too, call for safety consciousness

Tagbilaran City (30 October) -- Despite a gross discrepancy in police-civilian ratio, police officers are ready and are pulling every available hand to help keep the peace in the cemeteries in the next two days.

Police officers who would be switching to traffic managers and quick response teams would be backed by barangay tanods force multipliers, authorities assured.

Even then, they urge people to simply abide by the laws and the next days would be just fine.

At the recent Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, police community relations officer Inspector John Gano assured people that as long as they would remain extra-cautious, the deficit in police to civilian ratio may just be manageable.

Gano also assured that cops would be up all day and night to make sure nothing untoward happens.

He called people to be safety conscious when they leave their homes for the cemeteries: turn off all lights and unplug un-used electrical devices, and bolt the doors to keep opportunity for crime off.

He said many incidents in the past involve burglaries and fires caused by failure of home-owners to heed the call for safety.

Insp. Gano also hinted that the police are there to serve and protect but they could also do only as much.

Meanwhile, PO1 Quinciano Lopena of the city police station said as far as the city police are concerned, they would be imposing liquor and sound system bans in the city cemeteries.

A police assistance center is up at the Dampas and Booy cemeteries to assist people while traffic police would be managing the flow of traffic in possibly congesting areas.

Lopena also forewarned: traffic would be one way from the city toward the Dampas cemetery gates 1 and two from Miguel Parras Extension to Happy Valley and from Mansasa to Damas Road leading to gate 1.

He said the police have also identified designated exits from the cemetery, while one lane parking would be strictly implemented at the city's main cemetery in Dampas access roads.

Counter-flowing the traffic or improper parking would mean hassles and gridlocks, he said, even as he pointed out that there would be police officers and tanods manning the traffic posts along the designated routes and assisting motorists when parking.

Booy Toloto road would be opened for two-way traffic however, he said owing to the fact that Victoria Memoria has its own wide parking area.

In Cortes too, one-way traffic is expected in accessing and leaving the Memorial Park like last year, stressed SPO3 Alexander Somontan of the Cortes Police Station. (PIA) [top]

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