Rains ahead as security stepped up for holidays

CEBUANOS and visitors may be in for some cold weather courtesy of typhoon Santi in time for the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Weather specialist Al Quiblat of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said scattered rains may be felt in the northern part of Cebu starting tomorrow.
As of 4 a.m yesterday, Santi's center was located 580 km east northeast of Infanta, Quezon
Typhoon Santi bears maximum sustained winds of 150 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It is moving west southwest at 22 kph.
In the meantime, Police Regional Office (PRO-7) relayed security guidelines to all its police precincts as the country is placed on nationwide heightened alert in time for the annual observance.
Chief Supt. Lani-O Nerez, PRO-7 chief, said Public Assistance Centers are set up paramedics near the entrance of the cemeteries.
The Maritime and Aviation Security Groups were dispatched to monitor seaports and airport security, respectively.
Police visibility will also be maintained in populated places, Nerez said.
He said they will enforce local ordinances that ban drinking, firearms and gambling in public and private cemeteries.
Senior Supt Patrocinio Comendador, Cebu City police director, said the Police Auxiliary Group will provide assistance along with Special Weapons and Tactics in keeping order in the cemeteries.
He said they will coordinate with telephone companies to provide them with security cameras for all major cemeteries in the city.
Senior Supt. Jesus Gaquing, police provincial director, said police were assigned at the Citilink terminal and South Bus terminal to keep watch on the larger volume of passengers expected to depart for the holidays.
Some passenger vessel terminals like the Supercat terminal also instituted security steps for the expected high turnout of passengers.
In Mandaue City, commuters were advised to prepare for passenger jeepney rerouting on Sunday and Monday over roads surrounding the three cemeteries in the central Mandaue area, the Traffic Enforcement Board announced yesterday.
Passenger jeepneys are barred from the cemeteries in barangay Guizo beginning All Souls' Day until All Saints' Day.

Regular traffic routes of the jeepneys will resume on Nov. 3, Tuesday
(Cebu Daily News)

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