Operators of drones, helicopters that want to fly over SRP during grand parade need PRO 7 permission

DRONES and helicopters will not be allowed to fly over the route of the Sinulog Grand Parade at the South Road Properties (SRP) and over the rest of Cebu City on Sunday, January 15, 2023, without the permission of the Police Regional Office Central Visayas (PRO 7).

“If they want to fly drones, they need to seek permission from our task force commander, no less than PRO 7 Director Brigadier General Jerry Bearis, that is subject for evaluation by our task group security headed by Colonel Zandro Tapalla,” said Cebu City Police Office Director Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog in a mix of Tagalog and English, referring to media outlets that might want to cover the event from the air and firms that might want to use helicopters to throw flowers from the sky.

Dalogdog said the task force security will evaluate the request, adding that there will be a strict screening process to ensure the security of the spectators and participants of Cebu’s biggest and grandest festival.

“Some drones are capable of carrying an improvised explosive device or a bomb,” he said in Cebuano, on why they have to regulate air traffic over the city on Sunday.

He said they decided to make the entire city a no-fly zone to prevent drones from accidentally flying over the venue.

Meanwhile, police have announced that they have disseminated information on social media and in public places reminding people that bringing sharp weapons, firearms, backpacks and intoxicants to the parade and ritual venue is strictly prohibited.

Mayor Michael Rama issued an executive order that Oplan Disiplina will be enforced at the SRP on Sunday.

That means ordinances that prohibit smoking, spitting and urinating in public, indiscriminate throwing of garbage and illegal parking will be strictly implemented.

Although establishments outside the SRP are allowed to sell liquor, police have also urged the public to drink moderately. (AYB/PJB)