Kalagkalag observance in Lapu ‘generally peaceful’

THE observance of this year’s All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days in Lapu-Lapu City was generally peaceful.

Judith Besas, public information officer of Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO), bared this to SunStar Cebu Wednesday, November 2, 2022, after noting no untoward incident during the two-day observance of Kalagkalag.

Besas also said that everyone abided with Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan’s Executive Order 2022-50, which established the guidelines for the observance of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2).

About 17,700 individuals visited the five public and private cemeteries in the city as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, while fewer individuals were recorded as of noon on November 2 with an estimated crowd of 5,255.

In his EO, Chan ordered owners, managers and administrators of all public and private cemeteries and memorial parks in the city to ensure strict compliance on the wearing of masks for those entering their premises or be subjected to the suspension of their business permit.

Chan’s order came after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. issued on September 12 EO 3, allowing voluntary mask-wearing in “open spaces and non-crowded outdoor areas with good ventilation” across the country amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

The mayor also prohibited any form of alcoholic beverages and gambling in the cemeteries, as well as sound systems, playing of loud music, karaoke and bladed weapons.

He also specified that only ambulant vendors with special permits from the Office of the City Mayor may sell goods on these days at the designated vending areas outside the cemeteries. (MKG)