AS the Fiesta Señor 2018 starts next week, the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) will close a portion of Osmeña Blvd., in front of the Basilica del Sto. Niño, on Jan 11.
“We are already expecting heavy traffic, especially in areas near the Basilica. That is why we will close some roads and reroute some public and private vehicles,” CCTO Operations Chief Francisco Ouano told reporters.
CCTO identified the drop-off and pick-up points for passengers in the area to avoid confusion.
The drop-off point will be in front of Cebu City Hall, while pick-up area will be along Legazpi St. CCTO and other department heads in City Hall and Councilor Dave Tumulak met yesterday to discuss the final preparations for Sinulog week.
Tumulak said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 is also set to open one lane of the closed portion of N. Bacalso Ave., to give way to the devotees who are expected to troop to the city during the Sinulog. Tumulak said one lane of the south bound lane of N. Bacalso Ave. will be accessible to motorists starting Jan. 11, without prejudice to the timeline of the completion of the ongoing underpass project. For now, only one of the city-bound lanes of the road is accessible to motorists due to the civil works.
“The opening of additional lane of N. Bacalso Ave. will not affect their timeline. DPWH made sure that the adjustment will not affect the works, as they will redirect their civil work to the closed portion of the road,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Tomas Osmeña reminded the public about the liquor ban that will be implemented during the Sinulog.
This, after he signed the executive order on the implementation of the liquor ban during the Sinulog Grand Parade on Jan. 21.
Business establishments within 300 meters of the route will be covered by the liquor ban, which will take effect from 6 a.m. of Jan. 21 to 6 a.m. of Jan. 22.
Street vendors who wish to do business during the Fiesta Señor celebration are given until Jan. 6 to register with Cebu City’s Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor (DWUP).
Genevieve Alcoseba, DWUP operations head, said that as of Jan. 3, around 800 vendors have already registered with their office. This, however, is less than half of the total number of traders they are expecting to sell goods during the entire 11-day celebration.
DWUP has allocated some 2,000 slots for vendors.
Unlike in previous years, DWUP will be using a color-coded identification system for the registered street vendors in the 2018 Sinulog.
Alcoseba explained that the system will be used as a guide for the assignment of vending areas for the traders, depending on the nature of their goods.
The ID will be valid from the start of the nine-day novena of Senior St. Niño until the feast day and grand parade.
Only registered vendors will be allowed to sell during the celebrations; unregistered vendors who are caught selling goods will be arrested.
DWUP, together with the police, barangay tanods and a demolition team will regularly check vendors to ensure that they are observing City Hall’s rules.
Interested vendors may visit their office and present a copy of their updated voter’s ID or certificate to be registered. (RVC, RTF)