All Saints’ Day in Tacloban City is generally peaceful, according to Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) as a result of its Oplan Ligtas Undas 2016.
The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO 8) has deployed a total of 4,977 peacekeeping officers comprising of 3,197 policemen and 1,780 members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) throughout the region including Tacloban City to ensure a peaceful and secure observance of All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2.
Major places of convergence being secured are the cemeteries, bus terminals, seaports, airports, tourist destinations, malls, vital installations and other major thoroughfares.
The deployed police personnel are supported by force multipliers like BPATs and other non-government organizations as partners in manning checkpoints and other similar security measures.
PRO-8 is currently monitoring the security situation region-wide thru its Regional Tactical Operation Center at the regional headquarters, observing maximum utilization of cellular phones and using Very High Frequency (VHF) and High Frequency (HF) radios and internet as command and control tools.
PNP personnel, in coordination with other government agencies, also joined in the operation of public assistance desks, such as that of the Department of Public Works and Highways, to provide immediate response to travellers who will encounter road-related problems.
While All Saints’ Day in Tacloban City had been peaceful, TCPO is optimistic that the city will remain peaceful on All Souls’ Day.