Photo courtesy of Mr. Allan Borebor/Mr. Darwin Gernale/PIA CPSD)

MMDA to deploy 1,000 personnel, volunteers for Feast of Black Nazarene

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to deploy next week a contingent of 1,000 personnel to help make the 2020 Traslacion of the Black Nazarene safe, peaceful and orderly.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said the contingent is composed of personnel from Metro Public Safety Office (MPSO), Traffic Discipline Office, Metro Parkways Clearing Group, Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group, all tasked to assist the police, concerned government agencies and local government of Manila in maintaining order during this year’s annual religious activity.

“Our action plan is already in place. Aside from manpower, ambulances, road emergency vehicles, traffic mobile cars, and other necessary equipment will also be dispatched,” said Lim.

According to Lim, volunteers have also committed to help for this year’s Traslacion. They will be hand in hand with MPSO in rendering first-aid treatment to devotees and providing rescue and emergency response when needed.

Michael Salalima, concurrent Chief of Staff, Office of the General Manager and Focal Person for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management,  said tents, plastic barriers and fences are now being set up at Quirino Grandstand in Manila City where several activities would happen. These include “Pahalik” or kissing of the Black Nazarene image, procession of Black Nazarene replicas, Vigil, and Eucharistic Celebration.

“We are now installing barriers for the traditional “Pahalik” as crowd control measure and help bring order during the queuing of devotees,” said Salalima.

Lim has ordered the clearing of the procession’s route of obstruction and debris for the safety of the devotees.

On January 9, several roads in Manila will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic for the procession. The route of the Traslacion will start at Quirino Grandstand, Katigbak Road thru Padre Burgos St., Finance Road thru Ayala Boulevard, Palanca St., Quezon Boulevard, Arlegui St., Fraternal St., Vergara St., Duque de Alba St., Castillejos St., Farnecio St., Arlegui St., Nepomuceno St., Concepcion Aguila St., Carcer St., Hidalgo thru Plaza Del Carmen, Bilibid Viejo thru Gil Puyat, JP De Guzman St., Hidalgo St., Quezon Boulevard, Palanca St. thru under Quezon Bridge, Villalobos thru Plaza Miranda and end in Quiapo Church.

Street sweepers and road clearing group members will be positioned at the tail of the procession so they can immediately clear roads of all types of clutter. (MMDA)

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