SOME 668 police personnel and force multipliers are to be deployed in public and private cemeteries, tourist destinations, bus terminals, malls and public markets, traffic and police assistance centers in the Summer Capital to ensure the safe and orderly observance of All Saints’ Day or ‘Undas’.
317 are from the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), and 349 are force multipliers including medical personnel and emergency volunteers.
The personnel are to be deployed throughout the long weekend, starting on Saturday, October 29, until November 2, Wednesday.
However, no plans have been made to reroute traffic in the city.
“There will be no rerouting of traffic anymore since there are a lot of construction works ongoing but police personnel will be dispatched to help direct traffic as well as implement the drop and go policy along access routes in the different private and public cemeteries,” said Lt. Col. Domingo Gambican, chief of BCPO Tactical Operations.
The BCPO has prepared an evacuation plan in case of emergency in close coordination with the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the City Health Services Office–Emergency Medical Service.
Baguio’s government earlier announced that all public cemeteries would be closed on November 1 except for sponsored church services, with tomb visits having been spread out by district from October 23 to November 5 for crowd and traffic management.
Those coming from nearby areas, particularly La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tublay and Tuba as well as all non-residents of Baguio may visit their departed any day except on November 1.