A leader of the Catholic church in Cebu reminded the faithful to be solemn during their visit to cemeteries on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Msgr. Ruben Labajo of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral said “cemeteries are holy places. The graves had been blessed. These are not just places for the dead but these are the sleeping dormitories of our lost loved ones. And there will come a time that the Lord will raise them to the heavens.”
He added that people should maintain the sanctity of cemeteries as well as respect the others who visit and pray for their departed ones.
The church manages the most populated public cemetery in Cebu City called the Carreta.
Local authorities have banned loud music and liquor as well as bladed objects inside cemeteries. Inspections will be conducted at the entrances of the cemetery.
Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Office in Cebu, with the help of civic groups, launched the Oplan Undas 2018.
LTO-7 Regional Director Victor Caindec said their project promotes road safety and provides assistance to distressed motorists.
The Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) manager Jonathan Tumulak said in an interview with the Daily Tribune that they estimate some 300,000 passengers to flock to the terminal today.
Some local government units like the Cities of Carcar and Naga as well as the towns of Dumanjug, Alegria, Boljoon, Barili, San Fernando and Ginatilan are also providing buses to their residents, who are expected to go to their respective provinces such as Bohol and the Negros island. The rides will be free.
In Cebu City, over 200 emergency responders of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CCDRRMO) have been deployed to all of the city’s cemeteries. Responders have also been sent in mountain barangays.
Police were also sent to the city’s major cemeteries such such as the Carreta, Calamba, the Cebu Memorial Park and the Osmeña mausoleum. Similar security arrangements were also put up in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) chief Sr. Supt. Limuel Obon said they have deployed personnel in the cemeteries in the nearby Olango island.