13 dead, 42 hurt during Holy Week observance — NDRRMC

MANILA, Philippines — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Sunday reported that 13 people died while 42 were injured in various incidents during the observance of Holy Week.

NDRRMC said that as of Sunday, a total of 19 incidents were monitored in Regions 2, 3, 4-A, IV-B, 10, and CAR:

The incidents involved nine vehicular accidents; nine drowning incidents and one fire incident.

The 13 fatalities are from the provinces of Cagayan, Ifugao, Benguet, Quezon and Batangas. Most of the victims died due to drowning while the 42 injured individiuals were victims of vehicular accidents.

Despite these incidents, PNP Spokesperson Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said that the traditional commemoration of the Holy Week was generally peaceful.

In line with the Lenten season, the PNP earlier implemented the ‘Oplan SumVac’ to ensure strict law enforcement and public safety operations.

Mayor said that from Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday, the PNP recorded a total of 20 drowning incidents.

From these incidents, 22 people were reported dead while two other remain missing.

Meanwhile, nine vehicular accidents resulted to the death of four people and injured 55 others while a capsized motorized banca resulted to the death of one individual;

Mayor said ‘Oplan SumVac’ will remain in place as travellers are expected to flock back to the metropolis after the four-day Lenten holiday.

He added that Public Assistance Centers (PAC) were put up in strategic locations along major thoroughfares and transport terminals, airports and seaports to ensure the safety and security of returning travellers.

“Deployment of personnel will focus now on terminals as activities/ movement of the travelling public will be more in these areas,” Mayor said in a text message sent to Philippines News Agency (PNA).

Mayor said continuing law enforcement operations during the long Holy Week holiday netted more violators of the COMELEC-imposed gun ban, including drug law and street crime violators. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/ PNA/ northboundasia.com