DAVAO CITY, Philippines – There were a few confiscations of prohibited items at cemeteries. However, the observance of All Saints’ Day here went generally peaceful, the Police Regional Office 11 (PRO 11) reported Wednesday, November 1.
Police Chief Inspector Andrea Dela Cerna said there was no significant incident reported as of 2 pm.
The PRO 11, Dela Cerna said, established a total of 193 assistance hubs for police visibility and assistance in various cemeteries in Davao region. The assistance hubs were manned by 93 police officers and 901 non-commissioned officers in Davao Occidental, Davao del Sur, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.
There were also 210 road safety marshals assigned outside the cemeteries.
Motorists and commuters also felt a relatively easy traffic on Tuesday morning, October 31 after the Department of Public Works and Highways 11 (DPWH) completed its road clearing operations along a portion of the landslide prone are in the Carlos P. Garcia-Maa highway.
Here are the snapshots of how the people in Davao region observed Undas in various cemeteries.
Bryan, 15, directs the vehicle and crowd traffic at the entrance of Toril Memorial Park. There are 34 traffic enforces in the park. (Kenneth Paul Senarillos / davaotoday.com)
Flower arrangements in pots are usual sights at Toril Memorial Park where people honor their departed loved ones during All Souls’ Day. (Kenneth Paul Senarillos / davaotoday.com)
A family pays a quick visit and lights a candle for their departed loved one at Toril Memorial Park. (Kenneth Paul Senarillos / davaotoday.com)
Gloria Calinawan, 65, visits her late relatives and husband. Visiting and lighting up a candle in the park has been her family’s tradition for seven years now. (Kenneth Paul Senarillos / davaotoday.com)
A family gets ready for a picnic together with other visitors on the grounds of Toril Memorial Park in obeservance of the All Souls’ Day. (Kenneth Senarillos / davaotoday.com)
JB, 31, sells lighting helicopter for P35 to a boy in Toril Memorial Park. JB expects to reap higher earnings at night because his merchandise catches children’s attention as they light up together with the candles in the park. (Kenneth Paul Senarillos / davaotoday.com)