CITY OF ZAMBOANGA – Authorities have tightened security measures at the Fort Pilar shrine and other areas where religious activities will take place on the occasion of Fiesta Pilar on Wednesday, October 12.
Telecommunication services were suspended during the Great Procession until the Pontifical Mass from 3 to 7 p.m. on October 12.
“There will be no signals, direct and/or reflected, from cell sites (base stations) in the areas covered by the festivities,” a National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) memo said.
The temporary suspension of telecommunications services was at the request of Mayor John Dalipe.
Dalipe also issued an edict prohibiting the unauthorized flight of drones for religious activities at the Fort Pilar shrine.
Executive Decree EO 58 was issued on October 3 on the first day of Novena Masses for the patroness of the city of Zamboanga, Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar.
The EO prohibits the unauthorized flight of drones, except for those of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the City Administrator’s Office.
Apart from this, devotees and visitors are also prohibited from bringing backpacks, wearing bull caps, fedoras, vests, chalecos and hooded jackets or not.
The bans are part of the security measures proposed and implemented by the security sector in accordance with the holiday.
Police and military are stationed in various parts of the city. Random checkpoints are carried out as part of the security measures during the party.
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