DILG To LGUs: Mobilize Cops, Tanod, Medics During Undas

To ensure a peaceful and safe observance of Undas 2011, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo on Friday ordered the mobilization and deployment of law enforcers and the barangay tanod [barangay watchmen] in the vicinity of cemeteries and memorial parks and other critical areas within the city or municipality in order to prevent the entry and exit of lawless elements.

Robredo said cops, barangay tanod, and other security forces should be on guard for the entire duration of Undas as criminal elements may take advantage of the long weekend to perpetrate their crimes.

In a directive, Robredo urged provincial governors and city and municipal mayors to immediately convene their local peace and order council to formulate an Undas action and contingency plan on peace and order and public safety.

“Such plan should contain the strategies to be carried out by security forces before, during and immediately after Undas,” he said.

According to the secretary, part of the plan should be to ensure garbage collection and cleanup of cemeteries and other public places, especially after All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

“While we honor our dead, let us make sure that we do not forsake our environment by undertaking cleanup efforts after Undas,” he said.

At the same time, the DILG Secretary also called for the setting up of help desks with trained medics along local and national roads to provide assistance to the travelling public.

“Local governments should firm up their security plans for a crime-free, stress-free and garbage-free Undas,” he said.