MANILA -- Security checks are now being done by authorities in Manila for the procession of the Black Nazarene on Thursday, January 9.
Officials from the Manila Police District (MPD), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Office on Tuesday convoyed towards the route in preparation for the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
A total of 6,000 security personnel with 15 ground commanders from the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be deployed in the procession route.
MPD director Chief Superintendent Isagani Genabe Jr. and DPWH's Engr. Eduardo Santos walked through the route and reminded the public that parking will not be allowed on the streets beginning early morning of January 9.
The DPWH ordered the raising and bundling of electrical and cable wires which can obstruct the passage of the Black Nazarene image.
Police also reminded the public that standing near and at the edge of Jones Bridge is strictly prohibited. Policemen will be deployed on the bridge itself.
Police will also block the original route via MacArthur Bridge with container vans and firetrucks to prevent devotees from passing through.
The Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Office, meantime, said medical and rescue teams will be present every 5 meters.
Task group Nazareno again advised pregnant women, persons with disabilities and children not to join the procession.