Over 3,400 Metro Manila police deployed for Undas 2018

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) —  Metro Manila authorities are gearing up for the observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said it will deploy 3,409 police personnel from October 31 to November 2, according to PDir. Guillermo Eleazar.

He said they will work together with other government agencies such as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the local government units to secure cemeteries, terminals, train stations, seaports and aiprorts.

The Department of Transportation is also readying its attached agencies for the influx of passengers beginning October 27. In a statement Monday, the department ordered frontline agencies to operate 24 hours daily. Tarpaulins with emergency and hotline numbers will be posted in public areas.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra said they have received applications for special permits for 2,000 bus units plying provincial routes. Delgra said they have begun inspecting terminals and coordinating with bus operators. 

Other agencies such as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are also preparing for the anticipated passenger influx this holiday season.

CAAP, with its annual security measure "Oplang Biyaheng Ayos," ensures commercial airports nationwide will be armed with maximum security. A "no-leave and day-off" policy will also be imposed for transport security personnel.

Meanwhile, DPWH will also launch its "Lakbay Alalay Program" to help assist Filipinos traveling back home to visit their departed loved ones. Assistance centers will be put up along national roads and bridges from October 31 (7 a.m.) to November 4 (12 p.m.).

DPWH maintenance teams will also be deployed on the ground to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.

"We are hoping that through our Lakbay-Alalay teams, we can help everyone get the chance to visit memorial cemeteries, columbaria including churches and commemorate memories of their dearly departed safe and free from any inconvenience," said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

SMC Tollways said it will also deploy additional traffic and security personnel, as well as ambulant tellers, to its major thoroughfares from October 31 to November 2. These will include the southbound lanes of the Skyway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX), the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and the STAR Tollway.

Traffic is expected to build up in the following routes:

  • Skyway C5 and Alabang-Sucat interchange up to Dr. Santos Avenue;
  • NAIAX Main Toll Plaza A and B;
  • SLEX Sta. Rosa up to Calamba Toll Plaza A and B and Ayala Toll Plaza;
  • STAR Tollway Sto. Tomas Entry, Lipa Exit and Balagtas rotunda.

SMC tollways said it is coordinating with MMDA, NCRPO, and the local government units to help ease traffic.

It reminded drivers to follow traffic rules, especially the speed limit, and to prepare exact toll fees for faster transactions in toll plazas.

To report incidents along the tollways, you may contact (02) 318-TOLL (8655). Skyway: Globe - 09175398762, Smart - 09998860893, and Sun - 09328546980; SLEX: Globe - 09176877539; STAR Tollway: Globe - 0917-5117827, Smart - 0908-5117827; and TPLEX: Globe - 09178880715.