Cebu City police to secure Sto. Niño motorcade on Jan. 15

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IN LIEU of the traditional solemn procession on Fiesta Señor’s eve, the image of Sto. Niño will be mounted on a motorcade that will visit parishes in Metro Cebu and traverse the Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway.

The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) is preparing its security measures for this event.

The motorcade on Jan. 15, 2022 was given the green light by officials of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu, Sinulog Foundation Inc. and the CCPO during their recent meeting.

The motorcade will visit parishes in the cities of Cebu, Talisay, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu and the town of Cordova, said Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, CCPO deputy director for operation.

In Cebu City, Parilla said they will deploy police officers to parishes that will be visited by the motorcade.

He said they want to enforce minimum public health standards such as the observance of social distancing and wearing of face masks.

Police officers will also be placed on corners where the motorcade will turn to prevent any mass gathering.

The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño has temporarily not allowed in-person masses for the Fiesta Señor because of the threat of Omicron, a coronavirus variant that is more highly transmissible than the Delta variant, but it will livestream the masses, according to Parilla.

Parilla said the Cebu City Government has sent a letter to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases asking permission for its Sinulog activities.

The IATF has yet to reply to the City, Parilla added.

Fiesta Señor is the religious aspect of the feast, while Sinulog is initiated by the City Government for cultural and economic reasons.

The Covid-19 pandemic upended the usual celebrations of Fiesta Señor and Sinulog in 2021. (KAL)

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