MANILA - The City of Manila has suspended classes on January 9, Saturday, due to the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Tuesday issued an executive order declaring the suspension of classes in all levels in all schools, colleges and universities, both private and public, to ensure public order and safety.
The suspension of work in private offices, meanwhile, is left to the discretion of their heads of office or management.
But Estrada encouraged private offices "to exercise prudence and sound discretion" in suspending work to ensure the safety of their employees.
According to Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Estrada also issued an order regulating the sale, distribution, purchase and consumption of liquor during the Black Nazarene feast within 200 kilometers of the following: the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, the image of the Black Nazarene, the procession, and the vigil area or any other activity area of the traslacion.
Millions of devotees are expected to participate in the annual procession of the Black Nazarene on Saturday.
Ruta ng 'Traslacion' ininspeksyon
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy 4,000 cops for the event. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will also deploy over 1,600 personnel for traffic management, sanitation and emergency response.