UNDAS 2015:CSF bans smoking, gambling in cemeteries

City of San Fernando, La Union – The City Government of San Fernando, La Union led by Mayor Pablo C. Ortega released prohibitions for cemetery-goers for the upcoming All Saint’s and Soul’s Day 2015 on Nov 1 and 2, 2015, to ensure the safety and security of residents and visitors that are expected to flock the city’s various cemeteries for this weekend.

Authorities in cemeteries will not allow cigarette-smoking, gambling, littering, burning of garbages, as well as drinking liquor or any alcoholic drinks, firearms or any pointed and sharp objects such as knives, ice picks, bolo and other related utensils and equipment that can harm any person.

Loud music that can disturb people in reminiscing and praying for their late love ones is also prohibited.

Vendors are also advised to use strategic areas to sell their goods to prevent obstruction in the congested and narrow pathways to allow smooth flow of people inside.

In a meeting of the OPLAN Undas 2015 technical working group, it was agreed that these prohibitions will be strictly implemented with the help of the city’s partners, the City PNP headed by PSupt Julius Suriben and FSen Insp Ma Theresa Alqueza of the City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

We are asking our cemetery goers to please follow these simple rules, since this is also for your safety,” said PSupt Suriben who has designated his personnel on a 24/7 monitoring of the cemeteries.

All violators shall be apprehended and dealt with accordingly,” he added.

Mayor Ortega also called for the support and cooperation of people to ensure a peaceful and orderly observance of All Saint’s and Soul’s Day.

These prohibitions would be posted in conspicuous places for proper information dissemination.

In support to the observance of All Saint’s Day, traffic rerouting schemes for non-visitors who will be travelling both from north to shall bound are already out and advertised to different radio stations for guidance due to major road construction in the highways of Bauang, San Fernando and San Juan.

This year’s conduct of the OPLAN UNDAS 24/7 monitoring from October 30 to November 2 in Lingsat, Sevilla, Pao and Holy Gardens (Dalumpinas Oeste) cemeteries is expected to result in the same organized outcome as in previous years. Anne Hazel F. Flores- City Media Bureau/ CGSFLU