The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) will no longer implement a traffic re-routing scheme along Naguilian Road and other adjacent roads leading to the city public cemetery during the commemoration of All Saint’s Day and All Souls Day because the said road can already cater to the expected increase in the volume of motor vehicles going to and from the cemetery on the said dates.
Capt. Mark Botangen, deputy chief of the BCPO – Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU), said that what will be strictly enforced along the roadline will be drop and go for those wanting to visit the tombs of their departed loved ones on the said days.
He claimed that the BCPO already conducted a traffic simulation along Naguilian road and other adjacent roads, and it was found out that the main road can cater to the influx of motorists going to and from the city public cemetery considering that it was already widened for a two-way traffic flow.
However, the BCPO deputy traffic chief pointed out that there will be considerations that will be extended to senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) who will not be able to walk for a long duration but the same will still be done on a drop and go scheme although their drop off point will be nearer to the cemetery gate.
On the use of a portion of Naguilian road as one-way parking, he said that there are some 40 available parking slots along the road, but it will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.
For his part BCPO City Director Police Col. Francisco Bulwayan, Jr. disclosed that the management of the Baguio memorial Park offered whatever available parking slots in their parking area that can accommodate more than 200 motor vehicles.
According to him, the memorial park management will prioritize those who will be visiting their departed loved ones that were buried in the private facility before they will be accommodating motorists who will be visiting their departed loved ones who are buried in the public cemetery where the same will still be on a first come, first serve basis.
He underscored that the best that people can do to avoid being caught in traffic is to walk or take the public transportation in going to and from the cemetery to avoid being inconvenienced, especially when there are no available parking slots for their vehicles.