But CG expect more to join 82 vessels register for procession
May B. Miasco (The Freeman) - January 19, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Registration for Saturday’s fluvial procession closed with at least 82 participating vessels, according to the latest count from the Philippine Coast Guard District-Central Visayas.


CGD-CV spokesman Lieutenant Michael John Encina said owing to intensive media advisories there are more registrants this year compared to only 56 in 2018.

He said as expected every year, there may be other unregistered vessels that will join the fluvial route. He said around 70 percent of the vessels that participated in last year’s fluvial procession were not registered.

Encina said for the sake of letting people express their devotion, unregistered vessels may still take part in the religious event. However, if these vessels become a hazard to the procession, he warned that they may be forced to apprehend and detain these vessels until the fluvial procession ends.

He said the coast guard has prepared “sweeper” marshals to respond to incidents like these.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Mactan station is already anticipating Cebu will experience light rains starting today.

However, PAGASA-Visayas chief Alfredo Quiblat Jr. said vessels, even the small ones, are safe to sail tomorrow for the fluvial procession.

He said winds may only bring light to moderate intensities or strength of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour. Generated sea waves may be equivalent to 0.6 to 2.1 meters high at open sea. Interior waters such as the Mactan Channel may have lesser impact or lower wave height.

“Dili kaayo maapektuhan ang fluvial. Okay pa panahon ugma sa buntag. Naa lang chances of light rains pero in isolated areas lang magsugod ugma sa hapon,” he said yesterday.

However, he said bad weather may prevail on Sunday the 20th in time for the feast day of the Señor Sto. Niño.

He said a Low Pressure Area is expected to make landfall between Caraga Region and Eastern Visayas Region on Sunday morning. While the disturbance approaches landmass, it is expected either to develop into a tropical depression or remain an LPA.

“Sugod sa Sunday, makasinati na og maulan nga panahon. Dili lang isolated, pero scattered na siya. Ang uwan kay posibleng light to moderate or occasionally heavy rains,” he said.

“Though tibuok adlaw ang pag-ulan pero dili continuous. Intermittent lang siya labi na sa hapon. Daghan nga higayon nga makasinati sa pagkusog sa ulan,” he added.

More Cops Fielded

More policemen were deployed to secure the remaining Fiesta Señor activities after a sendoff ceremony at the Cebu City Police Office headquarters yesterday morning.

Chief Inspector Wilbert Parilla, chief for operations of the Cebu City Police Office, said these personnel will be deployed to different areas in the city in preparation for the main activities of the Sinulog like the grand parade.

He added that these personnel, who arrived early morning yesterday, were from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion and the Cebu Provincial Police Office.

"So sa Cebu Provincial Police Office duna tay 300 ka personnel nga additional augmentation, sa atoang Regional Mobile Force Battalion we have 255 personnel," said Parilla.

There will be another 60 personnel from the RMFB who will also be deployed along with policemen from Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City who will be arriving today.

Policemen from Bohol and Negros are also on standby and ready for deployment if the city needs more personnel.

Special Permits for Sinulog

Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-7 has issued more than 100 special permits for public utility jeepneys.

LTFRB-7 Regional Director Eduardo Montealto said that these special permits were given for free; normally they charge jeepney operators P170 for each permit.

Montealto said the special permits, which are stickers that can be placed on jeepneys, allow jeepney drivers to travel outside their route beginning Saturday midnight until Sunday midnight.

He said they issued the special permits so that passengers will not be stranded after the Sinulog celebrations on Sunday.

Montealto added that the regular jeepney fare is still P6.50 and P8 for the airconditioned jeepneys. —Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon, and Imarie Jane D. Madarieta, USJ-R intern, BRP (FREEMAN)

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