MANILA — Telecommunication giants Smart Communications and Globe Telecom have temporarily suspended their mobile services within the vicinity of the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City and the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan this weekend in compliance with a directive from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), upon request by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
In its advisory, Smart has temporarily shut down its mobile services in some areas of Cebu City and neighboring areas starting Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Globe said that the suspension of signal would be implemented on Jan. 20, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the solemn procession, and on Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Sinulog grand parade in Cebu City.
In Kalibo, the suspension will cover Pastrana Park in Poblacion, Aklan on Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“With the directive, Globe customers along the parade route may not be able to access call, text and mobile data services while the suspension of services is in effect,” according to Globe legal counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo.
The telcos will be resuming mobile services upon clearance from government authorities.