450 security personnel to be deployed in Mandaue for Kalagkalag

AT LEAST 450 security personnel will be deployed in Mandaue City cemeteries to ensure safety for the upcoming observance of the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, said the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO).

MCPO Director Police Colonel Jeffrey Caballes told reporters on Thursday, October 27, 2022, that these 450 personnel include around 300 cops and 150 force multipliers.

Caballes said they will be deployed to the city's eight cemeteries as early as October 31.

Cemeteries in Mandaue include the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Grosmar Memorial Garden, Manpark Cemetery, A.S. Fortuna Cemetery, Pagsabungan Cemetery, Eversley Cemetery, Manila Memorial Park Mandaue, and Mandaue City Municipal Cemetery.

Caballes said the security personnel will be positioned particularly in the entrances and exits to ensure that everyone who enters and goes out of the cemeteries is checked.

He said the cemeteries would open at 6 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. A curfew for minors will still be implemented. The curfew hours are 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.

“We have allotted at least an hour (10 p.m. to 11 p.m.) before we fully implement the curfew to ensure those people still at the cemetery by 10 can go home,” said Caballes.

He also said that there will police personnel who will roam around churches and other destinations in Mandaue City starting Friday, October 28.

Caballes said they do not encourage people to stay in cemeteries overnight.

He said deadly weapons, liquors, and loud sound systems are not allowed to ensure the solemnity of the occasion.

But Caballes clarified that people are allowed to bring food inside the cemeteries, as they are expected to spend time with their families.

He reminded the public to take care of themselves and their belongings. (HIC)