CCPO: Sinulog 2023 will be easier to secure if held at SRP

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POLICE will have an easier time maintaining peace and order if Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s plan to hold the Sinulog Grand Parade 2023 at the South Road Properties (SRP) pushes through.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for administration of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), securing the venue will be much easier since the SRP has fewer entries and exits compared to previous routes of the grand parade.

“It would be easier for us because SRP is easier to handle and to secure, considering that we can control its entry and exit points,” Parilla said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

However, he conceded that participants and spectators will be under the mercy of the elements.

He said even the police personnel who will be securing the event will have a hard time finding shelter from the sun or the rain.

Despite this, Parilla said the CCPO will deploy thousands of police personnel to ensure a peaceful and orderly Sinulog 2023.

Lieutenant Colonel Janette Rafter, deputy director for operation of the CCPO, said they’ve already met with officials of the Basilica del Sto. Niño to discuss preparations for the feast in honor of the Sto. Niño (Child Jesus), which is held every third Sunday of January.

Rafter said they have yet to meet with members of the Sinulog Foundation, but she learned that many programs are lined up in the lead up to the annual cultural and religious festival.

Activities for Sinulog 2023 will start on Jan. 5.

Rafter said the CCPO and the City Government will have to come up with security measures that are in line with health protocols amid the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Rafter assured the public that they are prepared, citing the recent success of the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo

However, she admitted that the Sinulog is unique since it has been known to attract millions of local and foreign tourists.

In 2021 and 2022, the Sinulog Festival pushed through without the physical crowd and the street dancing. Most of the related events were streamed live on social media.