Devotee City opens Jan. 19
The Devotee City intended for Señor Sto. Niño pilgrims coming from other provinces and municipalities will officially open on January 19.
Department of Public Services (DPS) Head Roberto Cabarrubias told reporters that his personnel started putting up the other night at least 100 container vans which will serve as temporary shelter for the pilgrims who are not from the city.
"Pag 8 o'clock sa gabii until 3 sa buntag, ilahang gi-install ang container vans, ilaha sab ni gilimpyohan para ma-stayhan sa mga taw," he said.
They have requested 120 container vans from the 2GO cargo firm, however, only 100 were available for occupancy.
The capacity of all the available container vans is 2,000 individuals.
With this, Cabarrubias said the city government will be preparing at least seven additional tents to those who will not be accommodated in the container vans.
He added that the DPS is eyeing to design each container van as double deck so that they can accommodate more people.
Cabarrubias said they are expecting that more numbers of pilgrims will be sheltered at the Devotee City.
"Nag-expect ta nga modaghan ron kay last year 2,800 man to, unya naa baya toy bagyo maong wala kaayo nidagsa ang uban. So, karon okay raman basin daghan," he said.