Police heightens security nationwide ahead of ‘Undas’


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MANILA, Philippines – One week before the All Saints’ Day holiday, security has been heightened around the country in anticipation of the exodus of travelers going home to their provinces and to other tourist spots.

On Monday, Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartomoe ordered heightened security for the occasion. He has ordered all regional directors and the Highway Patrol Group to set up Road/Route Safety Marshalls in major streets, in particular around cemeteries.

Bartolome also ordered security around other public areas, and additional security coverage to major infrastructure such as power plants and telecommunications facilities, a statement from the PNP said.

Police, in cooperation with local government units and non-government agencies, will also establish Assitance Hubs along major highways, cemeteries, malls and transport terminals to help the public for their security concerns.

“Our Assistance Hubs will also be there to assist the handicapped, disabled and elderly individuals in cemeteries,” Bartolome said in a statement.

At the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Quezon City, an “Oplan Kaluluwa” public assistance center has been established for the convenience of travelers riding the bus to Southern Luzon, Bicol, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The QC Police District will also get assistance from the Philippine Air Force and the tourist police as the November 1 holiday draws near.

K-9 units have also been assigned to the terminal to sniff out illegal drugs, banned items, and weapons. – Rappler.com

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