Pasigarbo generally peaceful; draws more than 30,000 crowd

(Photo by Alan Tangcawan)

ASIDE from a curbed snatching incident along General Maxilom Avenue, the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) recorded no major incident during the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2019 street dancing activities from Cebu Provincial Capitol to Cebu City Sports Center Sunday, August 25, 2019.

"As of 7 p.m, the situation was very peaceful and there were no reported crimes or whatever," CPPO Director Roderick Mariano told SunStar Cebu in a phone interview.

Police Major Clark Ariola, acting information officer of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), also said as of 6:30 p.m they haven’t apprehended any violator of the anti-drunkenness ordinance which was implemented starting 12 noon until 12 midnight Saturday, August 24.

“Our communication with the community is good and we’ve been doing this since Sinulog times and also we have hosted international events in Cebu already, so the Cebuanos are already aware of the rules and are cooperative already,” he said.

The Provincial Command Center estimated 18,000 crowd outside the Cebu City Sports Complex and some 13,000 crowd inside the complex who concelebrated the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2019.

Meanwhile, at around 6:20 p.m., Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) already opened Capitol Site, M. Velez Street, Escario Street, B. Rodriguez Street, Fuente Osmeña circle, and General Maxilom to motorists.

Public utility jeepneys going to Guadalupe, Oprra, Ayala (route numbers 12L, 14D) and Lahug (17C, 04C) are now back to their original route.

However, CCTO spokesperson Ronnie Nadera said a lane in Alcantara Street will stay close as the props of the contingents are stationed there.

In spite of the opening of some roads, Nadera said the riding public can still experience traffic congestion because of the event and the volume of people in the city.

He encouraged the public if they do not have important things to do in the downtown area, especially if they will pass through Osmeña Boulevard, it is better to stay at home or pass to another route like in Fuente area. (JJL/WBS/SunStar Cebu)


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