A day before today’s observance of All Saints’Day, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno conducted an inspection at the Manila North Cemetery, the biggest in the country, to ensure that everything is in order and with a vow that informal settlers will no longer be allowed inside.
‘Ang lugar na ito ay para sa mga namayapa. Isipin nyo nga kung puntod ng kamag-anak ninyo ang ginawang tirahan o tinayuan ng barong-barong. Tapos minsan dun pa nagpa-pot session. Dun na din nagsi-CR,’ Moreno said.
‘Maraming taon na rin naman nila napakinabangan ‘yung lugar, ni hindi ko nga alam saan sila kumukuha ng kuryente at tubig pero sigurado ako iligal ‘yan,’ Moreno said, adding that he is willing to provide the informal settlers with transportation money just so they could return to their respective provinces.
Moreno also reminded those who will be trooping to the cemeteries today and tomorrow not to bring things that they know are automatically banned from cemeteries.
“Hindi naman kayo pupunta ng giyera so bakit kailangang magdala ng baril o patalim? Hindi rin kayo pupunta ng party so bakit kailangang magdala ng alak o malakas na sound system?, Moreno quipped.
Vendors of items other than candles and flowers were banned in the cemetery, to give the visitors the solemnity and space they need.
Persons with disability and senior citizens will be aided with the use of e-trikes that would take them to the tombs of their departed loved ones, while ambulances and helpdesks were also put there to assist when needed.
Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Arnel Angeles has also put a standby emergency station inside the said cemetery.