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By Mike U. Crismundo

‘UNDAS’ SECURITY – A soldier from the Philippine Army’s 89th Infantry Battalion secures the Panacan Public Cemetery in Davao City to prevent lawless activities during the observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. (Keith Bacongco)

Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Butuan City – The observance of All Saints’ Day on Wednesday was generally peaceful with no untoward incidents in the five provinces and six cities in the Caraga region.

The regional command, action and monitoring center of Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) ordered field unit commanders and its personnel deployed in various locations in the region to continue their main tasks until all the believers, devotees and vacationers completed their activity.

Service and assistance centers established in various cemeteries in the region extended medical assistance to more than 1,000 people during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

More than 4,200 police officers and personnel in Caraga region have been deployed to the streets, churches, cemeteries and other places of convergence to bolster security and thwart lawless elements and activities.

“The two days activity in various parts of the region was generally peaceful with no untoward incidents,” PRO 13 Regional Director Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix said yesterday.

All unit commanders, however, were directed on Thursday to enhance police presence through foot and mobile patrols, deploy road safety marshals, establish police assistance hubs, conduct checkpoints and intensify intelligence/counterintelligence to preempt any crimes or illegal activities and maintain peace and order.

Clean and green

In a related development, Environment  and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu ordered all his field officers, foresters and personnel to help the local government units and other line agencies of the government to make the observance of “Undas” more meaningful by keeping memorial parks and public cemeteries garbage-free.

Cimatu said that rememberuing and honoring the dead is not only shown by visiting them, but also by keeping their final resting place clean.

“Let us honor our departed loved ones the right way,” Cimatu said.

“Let us leave them with our prayers and not with our trash,” the DENR secretary added.

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