THE Cebu Coast Guard (CG) will ban unregistered motor bancas from the fluvial procession in honor of the Senior Sto. Niño this Saturday.

Commodore Rolando Dizon, CG District Central Eastern Visayas chief, issued the order to maintain order of this annual religious event.

For updates from around the country, follow Sun.Star on Twitter

“We are strictly enforcing this policy because we cannot compromise the safety of the devotees on board,” said Commander Anelito Gabisan, Dizon’s deputy and CG spokesman.

Blame

Dizon, the 2010 task force fluvial parade commander, issued the order so the CG will not be blamed if anything happens to the passengers of the unregistered bancas during the procession, Gabisan said.

Only more than 40 seacrafts have officially registered at the Cebu CG headquarters at Pier 3, Cebu City.

The CG will deploy 32 patrol crafts, 10 rubber boats and two Navy patrol boats carrying sea marshals, rescue divers and medical teams on board, Dizon said.