CCPO: Crowd in Cebu City cemeteries reached 120K on All Saints’ Day

AROUND 120,000 people in Cebu City visited the graves of departed loved ones on All Saints’ Day on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for administration of the Cebu City Police Office, they recorded only around 5,000 visitors in the morning, but the number steadily climbed as the day wore on.

By nighttime, the number had swelled, especially in big cemeteries like Calamba and Calamba.

Despite this, Parilla said police officers deployed in the cemeteries were able to keep everything under control with the help of force multipliers and volunteers.

It helped that the crowd cooperated by following the rules on what could be brought inside, he said.

“So far, we haven’t seen any problems. I attribute this to our early preparation and the fact that we released the guidelines and requirements early and then the people complied with them,” he said in Cebuano.

By noon of Wednesday, November 3, Parilla said police officers who were deployed in the cemeteries will return to their respective units.

He said they are waiting for the Police Regional Office Central Visayas to lower their alert status from full alert to normal alert as part of the Philippine National Police’s Oplan Undas. (AYB)