Thursday, October 31, 2013

Local DRRMCs on alert for “Oplan Kaluluwa” 2013

By: Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY, October 31, 2013 (PIA) – All concerned agencies have been alerted by Sorsogon Governor Raul R. Lee in view of the “Observance of All Saints and All Souls Day” on November 1 and 2.

In an unnumbered memorandum dated October 30, 2013, addressed to the provincial, city and municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (DRRMCs), Gov. Lee directed all the council chairmen and members to implement the contingency plans and safety measures within their respective area of jurisdiction.

The directive is in order to pre-empt any public disturbance, chaos and incidents and maintain the solemnity and peaceful conduct of the celebration.

Since last week, additional force of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have already been deployed in different municipalities to augment the regular number of police due to barangay election and will continue until the observance of Nov. 1 and 2 activities is over. “

“Day after election, we already gave them their respective assignments in preparation for the traditional All Saints Day and All Souls Day. We also specifically deployed additional men in the three major ports of Sorsogon and in cemeteries located along the highway to maintain peace and order in the area,” said Sorsogon Police Provincial Office Public Information Officer PCInsp Nonito F. Marquez.

He added that there are also police assistance desks located in strategic areas most especially in Sorsogon City where big cemeteries are located to render assistance to the public.

Pursuant to Department Order No. 2012-01, the Coast Guard Station Sorsogon, meanwhile, will undertake proactive approach to ensure that sea travel during this period of time will be orderly, safe, convenient and secured.

Heightened alert status is observed and they have activated the Passenger Assistance Centers (PACs) in the ports of Matnog, Bulan and Pilar in anticipation of the heavy influx of passengers who will reunite with their families in commemorating the All Saints and All Souls Day and to pay homage to their departed loved ones.

The PAC is established as information, help, complaint and medical assistance help desks wherein the seafaring public could easily seek assistance on matters relative to sea travel. The PAC which is established since October 25 and will be demobilized on November 5, 2013 is strategically located in areas accessible to passengers.

“Coast Guard Station Sorsogon closely works with the local PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and shipping companies to emphasize integrated commitment to security and safety in water transport services and enforce safety standards and regulations such as inspection of baggage and implementation of security layer in ports and passenger terminals and at the same time ensure that there will be no overloading of passengers and cargoes,” said Station Commander Lieutenant Commander Philip Y. Soria

Sorsogon City Fire Marshal Senior Inspector Walter Badong Marcial said the Bureau of Fire Protection Sorsogon City will deploy three (3) fire trucks near the cemeteries of Bacon District and Sorsogon City on Nov. 1 and 2. “As part of our yearly activities, we deploy our fire trucks and personnel to render assistance in case the public needs our help”, SInsp Marcial said.

He also elaborated that considering the increasing number of people during this time, chances of any untoward incidents are foreseen. “In this time of year, it is anticipated that accidents are prone to happen in the cemetery as well as at home where some who cannot go to the cemetery prefer to light candles for their love ones, and so we once again remind the public to be more cautious and vigilant to avoid fire incidents and other related emergency cases due to negligence,” SInsp Marcial further said.

 Aside from deployment of fire truck, SInsp Marcial also ordered fireman visibility within the Sorsogon City cemeteries particularly at Sorsogon City Memorial Garden in Brgy. Bibincahan, Msgr. Barlin Street in Brgy. Sampaloc and at Bacon Catholic Cemetery in Bacon District.

“Along with this, BFP City personnel will also conduct information drive where leaflets with fire safety tips will be disseminated to the people in the area to prevent potential fire incidents to happen, thus, upholding fire safety among the public,” said SInsp Marcial.

He also added that one of the mandated functions of the BFP is to render immediate assistance to all persons who are in need of help in case of emergency. “Thus, the BFP persistently appeals for the cooperation of the public to ensure the safety of everyone,” he said.  (BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon)

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