PEOPLE who want to attend Pope Francis’ Mass at Luneta (Rizal Park in Manila) on January 18 should leave their backpacks and umbrellas at home.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Thursday reminded the faithful that bags and backpacks will not be allowed. Food, drinks and other important belongings should be placed in a clear or transparent plastic bag or container.
Coloma said only fans, cap, and raincoats will be allowed as protective gear.
These guidelines were issued after President Benigno Aquino 3rd met on Thursday with members of the Cabinet, Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and other church leaders to discuss security preparations for the papal visit next week.
Coloma appealed to the public to cooperate with authorities since security measures will be “strictly followed.”
“The government and the Church are united in appealing for public cooperation in following all our guidelines, which seek to ensure the smooth flow of events, and the safety of all participants,” he said.
Around 1.2 million people are expected to attend the Mass at Rizal Park, but the number could swell up to five million.
Organizers have said 20 first aid stations and 400 portalets will be set up in areas around the park.