VIGAN CITY – “Quick Response Teams (QRT’s) including the elite Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit provided security to Vigan City villages against criminal elements during the celebration of Undas.”
This was revealed yesterday by Police Inspector Crisanto Alon, head of Vigan City PNP Investigation Unit and team leader assigned to maintain peace and order to Ilocos Sur’s biggest Roman Catholic Cemetery in this city.
Alon said, as a precautionary measure, the PNP with the leadership of PSupt. Jugith del Prado, the city’s police chief, came out with a security plan to monitor all barangays including the rural areas and sitios in this city.
He said this is an effective way in deterring crimes especially the so-called “Akyat-Bahay” or “Salisi Gang” barging into private houses when no one is around.
“The criminals might think that because the entire Police force is concentrated on the activities for Undas, they can exploit this opportunity to do illegal activities; but make no mistake, we are not letting our guards down and we are watching even the remotest places of the city,” Alon said.
With this, he advised residents to properly lock their houses, keep their valuable properties in a secured place, or much better if someone from the family would remain and watch their houses.
The police official also reminded residents that there are two established Police Community Precincts (PCP’s) being manned by the city’s PNP personnel together with the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATS).
“The PCP’s, one in barangay Nagsangalan where they can get assistance, while the other is at barangay Bulala serving the communities up to the coastal barangays,” he added.
Alon said, the whole day celebration at the Panpantoc Public Cemetery was so far peaceful and organized as they have enough time to plan and prepare.
“Roughly more or less 20,000 people came to visit the tombs of their loved ones during All Saints Day but we will remain here until the last person will leave the cemetery,” Alon clarified.
The Panpantoc Public Cemetery, a catholic cemetery located at Barangay VI, Pagburnayan contains close to 7,000 or more tombs.
Inspector Alon said, this is because aside from the Metro-Poblacion barangays, it also serves as a burial place for residents from the eastern portion of the city as well as nearby communities from the western part.
Also a priority are the three private cemeteries: Jardin de Caridad, Loyola Memorial Park and the Chinese Cemetery.
Today, November 2, All Souls Day, the city police will provide security to Ayusan Sur Cemetery.
“Agyamanak kadagitay kakalugarantayo ditoy Vigan babaen iti kooperasyonda ket itultuloytayo koma nga aramiden dagiti responsibilidadtayo tapno agtalinaed ti urnos ken talna ti Vigan tapno naururnos met laeng ti panagbisita kadagiti minataytayo,” Alon further appealed. (Omar Anthony T. Aquino)
(Photo: Members from the Philippine Red Cross gives first aid to an adult who collapsed during the mass inside the Panpantoc Public Cemetery at Barangay VI, Pagburnayan,Vigan City, Ilocos Sur/photo Omar Anthony T. Aquino)