Cebu police on full alert status for Sinulog

SECURITY personnel in Cebu have been placed on full alert status starting Wednesday, January 4, 2023, as activities for this year’s Sinulog celebration are set to begin with the opening salvo Thursday, January 5.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas Director Brigadier General Jerry Bearis said around 2,600 personnel from the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, Philippine Coast Guard, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, as well as other government agencies have been readied to implement security for the Sinulog activities.

The security personnel were sent off to their respective assignments Wednesday in a ceremony held at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Bearis said that based on reports during their meeting with the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (Nica), they have not received any security threat.

He stressed, though, that they have not let their guard down.

Bearis also said they are still waiting for the National Telecommunication Commission’s approval on their request for a signal shutdown on Sinulog day.

The police are also awaiting approval from Camp Crame on their request to suspend the permit to carry firearms outside residence.

Harold Alcontin, chief of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said they have more than 200 personnel who will be deployed to the Sinulog Grand Parade route on January 15.

They will also deploy 12 ambulances, he added.

Alcontin said they have also coordinated with the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay for personnel and ambulance unit augmentation.

Alcontin also thanked the Metropolitan Cebu Water District, which promised to install drinking stations in the Sinulog route.

He urged the public not to bring backpacks on Sinulog day.

He added that they have also prepared for a possible stampede, thus they have prohibited the installation of steel railings on the side of the roads during the grand parade. (AYB/LMY)