Davao City safety, security teams up for ‘Undas’ duty

In terms of safety and security, Davao City is all geared up for the long weekend commemoration of ‘Undas.’

Starting October 31, all security offices of the city will begin their respective massive deployment of personnel in the 35 listed cemeteries around Davao City under “Oplan Kaluluwa.”

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson police captain Nolan Tagsip, during the AFP-PNP Press Corps media briefing held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on Wednesday, October 30, said they will deploy over 2,100 policemen for the observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day in all burial grounds in Davao City including the ones located in far-flung areas.

“We are on a full alert status po so lahat ng personnel namin and other security forces, deploy yan lahat,” Tagsip said, adding that DCPO will be reinforced by additional 1,000 personnel from other security forces including the Task Force (TF) Davao among others.

Under full alert status, all leaves from duty by Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel are cancelled to guarantee a 100-percent presence of personnel to perform police functions.   

Visible assistance desk shall be provided by DCPO to address any complaints, said Tagsip.

Law enforcers will also conduct strict inspection to assure that prohibited items will never enter the cemeteries. 

“Nag issue na rin tayo ng advisory on the do’s and don’ts sa cemetery,” the spokesperson said.

The security advisory they issued underscored the strict prohibition on bringing of deadly or bladed weapons, loud speakers and liquor, and will monitor against gambling and selling.  

The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), on the other hand, vowed to deploy around 1,000 responders to assist the existing security forces especially in natural calamity like earthquake and flashflood which newly struck Davao City in the preceding days.

Earlier, the Public Safety Security and Command Center (PSSCC) committed to deploy a total of 9,641 personnel from counterpart security units and force multipliers.