THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will be fielding over 187,000 policemen across the country to ensure public safety amid the expected increased public activity for the long Undas weekend.

In a statement on Thursday, October 27, 2022, PNP Chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said he ordered Lieutenant General Benjamin Santos Jr., the deputy chief for operations, to issue operational guidelines outlining specific instructions for security coverage and other public safety operations in the observance of the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.

He said the Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) under Police Brigadier General Mario Reyes will be primarily responsible (OPR) for monitoring and coordinating all public safety operations by PNP units in areas of engagement.

Police are ordered to constantly remind the public of the observance of the minimum health standards, especially the wearing of face masks due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

“PNP units are instructed to maintain police presence at all times along travel routes, transport terminals, public cemeteries and major thoroughfares,” said Azurin.

“The PNP will establish at least one Police Assistance Center (PAC) in every public cemetery or memorial park in cooperation with local government units, civilian volunteer organizations, and civic clubs,” he added.

The PNP also reminded the public to take necessary precautions when leaving their residences during the long weekend.

He advised traveling homeowners to coordinate with barangay authorities for special security arrangements.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. earlier declared October 31, which falls on a Monday, as a special non-working holiday to give way for more family time since November 1 and 2 were both holidays. (SunStar Philippines)