Cell­phone shut­down for Sinulog

Manila Bulletin - - Visayas News - By MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR.

CEBU CITY – Mo­bile phone ser­vice will be dis­rupted in Cebu City Satur­day and Sun­day as cel­lu­lar sites will be shut down as part of the se­cu­rity mea­sures for the Sinulog fes­ti­val and the Fi­esta Señor.

The Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion ap­proved the shut­ting down of cell­sites along the routes of the pro­ces­sion, flu­vial pro­ces­sion, and Sinulog Grand Pa­rade, dur­ing a meet­ing with city and po­lice of­fi­cials.

NTC Com­mis­sioner Ga­maliel A. Cor­doba said net­work ser­vices will be cut-off dur­ing the fol­low­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of the fes­ti­val in Man­daue, Mac­tan and Cebu City:

• Jan­uary 14 (Satur­day): 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Man­daue City and Mac­tan, La­pulapu City; 12 noon to 8 p.m. in Cebu City

• Jan­uary 15 (Sun­day): 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. in up­town and down­town Cebu City.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Noli Tal­iño, Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-7 di­rec­tor, said the sig­nal will be re­stored im­me­di­ately af­ter the end of each event.

The re­gional po­lice had re­quested the NTC to shut down of mo­bile phone ser­vice to pre­vent cell­phones from be­ing used to det­o­nate ex­plo­sives.

The re­quest was en­dorsed by the Pres­i­den­tial As­sis­tant for the Visayas Mike Dino to the De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy.

Emer­gency and se­cu­rity per­son­nel will use hand­held ra­dios for com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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