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Cemetery-goers are urged to abide by rules posted by the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) as to prohibited objects this All Saints Day, November 1, in gravesites and memorial places.

Firearms, bladed weapons, garden tools, liquor, cigarettes, kite-flying and materials, and loud music-makers are confiscated by police officers at the cemetery gates, tagged accordingly, and returned to the owner as he leaves.

Selling of candles, cutflowers and materials for floral arrangement, which started Oct. 26 at the Ganza parking, Burnham Park, ends on Nov. 1.

This coming Monday, a walk-through is conducted to ascertain posting of police personnel at the public cemetery“back door” exits, observed as entry points for prohibited objects.

In coordination meetings with City Administrator Carlos Canilao, BCPO Director Ramil Saculles, other city and barangay officials, designated parking areas, loading and unloading, personnel deployment, medical emergency plans were discussed including road re-routing.

The need for proper road signages for certain barangay roads to be used was also discussed, as with minor evacuation plans in case of disaster or emergencies, at the Loakan, Kias and Bakakeng memorial sites.

Nearly 300 uniformed personnel, motorcycle cops and 38 barangay tanod shall monitor the Baguio and Bakakeng Public Cemetery, Everlasting and Pyramid parks in Kias, Heritage garden in Loakan, and Benin cemetery. Ambulances, emergency vehicles and firetrucks are on standby, with voluntary groups ready to join in peace and order tasks. .

Saculles also said that tourist spots: Heritage Hill; Tam-awan; Lourdes Grotto; Camp John Hay Cathedral, Good Shepherd, Botanical, Burnham, Mines View and Wright Parks; the malls and the public market are monitored by BCPO personnel. - juliegfianza