NTC cuts off phone signal in CDO for fiesta security

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 August) — The entire city is without mobile phone signal for four to six hours a day from Saturday to Tuesday, after the National Telecommunications Commission ordered the telecommunications providers to suspend their services to ensure the security of the St. Augustine fiesta celebration.

Maricel Casino-Rivera, City information officer said the “It is a standard security measure for the NTC to order the jamming ahead of the fiesta events, “ Casino said.

NTC informed the local government unit that mobile phone signal is jammed from 3 p.m. Saturday until after the coronation of the Miss Cagayan de Oro 2018 in the evening.

Students perform Brazilian-inspired mardi gras on the streets of Cagayan de Oro during the Carnival Parade on Sunday, 20 August2017, a run-up to the San Agustin fiesta on 28 August. MindaNews file photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

In its memorandum order sent to Globe and Smart companies, the NTC also ordered their services suspended during the Higalaay Festival Carnival Street Parade from 3 pm to 7 pm on Sunday, August 26, and during the Float and Civil Military Parade from 7 am to 12 noon on Monday, August 27.

There will be no mobile phone signal during the religious procession of the image of St. Augustine early morning of the feast day on Tuesday, August 28.

The public affairs office of Smart Communications issued a statement that they will restore the phone signal as soon as they are given a go-signal from NTC and other authorities. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)