No signals during Dinagyang; drones, backpacks prohibited

Telecommunications companies (telcos) will cut off mobile signals and internet access during the two-day highlights of this year’s Dinagyang Festival.

The temporary suspension of network services in the city was confirmed on Wednesday, Jan. 23, by Senior Supt. Martin Defensor, Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director.

Telco subscribers will experience signal loss from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 27.

The disruption of signals was recommended by ICPO. It was approved by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Defensor said the move is part of the security measures to ensure a safe and peaceful celebration of the 51st Dinagyang Festival.

Dinagyang is one of the country’s biggest and highly anticipated festivals every year.

More than a million tourists are expected to join the celebration.

No drones, backspacks

Aside from the signal shutoff, the use of drones will also be prohibited during Dinagyang Festival, which is considered as a highly populated event.

Defensor said only those with permits from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will be allowed to fly their drones.

Backpacks of all sizes, big luggage, bladed weapons, pointed sticks, buckled knives, and glass bottles will likewise be disallowed inside venues of Dinagyang events.IMT