Police Chief Superintendent Ramon V. Gatan, Police Regional Office 1 Director, placed on full alert the Region 1 police and ordered the augmentation of route security, traffic management and preventive patrol operations in the entire region in anticipation of the upcoming observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1 and 2, locally referred to as “undas.”
“Undas is a yearly activity during which we expect heavy traffic jams in our thoroughfares and congestion in commercial centers, public markets, cemeteries and other places of convergence. At this time, we need to double our efforts to ensure a peaceful and orderly observance of undas, “PCSupt. Gatan stressed.
Gatan added that the Region 1 police, as in previous years, will be tapping the support of other government agencies, non-government organizations and volunteer groups in providing maximum security coverage and public safety services to include motorist assistance along major highways and traffic management along routes leading to cemeteries.
Moreover, Gatan designated senior Police Commissioned Officers as supervisors who shall closely monitor and oversee the overall conduct of the operations.
“In every province, there is a designated member of the Regional Directorial Staff who will supervise the various public safety activities in coordination with the Provincial Directors of Police Provincial Offices starting October 30, 2009. The designated supervisor In Ilocos Norte is PSupt. Reynante G. Partible, PSSupt. Teodorico M. Danao in Ilocos Sur, PSSupt. Ramon O. Purugganan in La Union, PSSupt. Amando S. Lagiwid in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Districts of Pangasinan, and PSSupt. Eduardo A. Dopale in Pangasinan’s 4th ,5th and 6th Districts,” Gatan added.
Meanwhile, the Pangasinan police announced the implementation of a traffic rerouting scheme as part of its preparations for undas. Maximum police visibility will be provided along three (3) options for the route from Manila going to La Union-Baguio and vice-versa. The first option is Rosales-Villasis-Sta Barbara-Mangaldan-San Fabian; the second, Rosales-Villasis-Urdaneta City-Manaoag-San Jacinto-Mangaldan-San Fabian; and the third option is Binalonan-Laoac-Manaoag-San Jacinto-Mangaldan-San Fabian.
Gatan gave the assurance that continuous coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways, Local Government Units and other stakeholders is being conducted to ensure the successful implementation of “Oplan Kaluluwa 2009”. pnppro1