ALL is set for the annual Black Nazarene procession on January 9, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, said that traffic and security preparations for the annual religious activity have already been ironed out.
“The plan is already in place. The model to be used was proven to be effective during the Balikatan,” Carlos told the agency’s weekly radio program.
He said officials from the MMDA, Quiapo Church, Manila City government, Philippine National Police and concerned national agencies are constantly meeting to discuss the necessary preparations for the Black Nazarene procession.
“We make sure that the procession’s route should be clear from any obstacles,” he added.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, for his part, stressed the need for an early preparation to prevent untoward incidents during the procession.
Officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways, on the other hand, vowed to check for barriers and open manholes in major thoroughfares which are part of the procession route.
Meanwhile, Department of Health officials said they would coordinate with hospitals and the Manila health department for ambulance units and medical teams to be assigned in strategic areas.
The Manila Police District for its part said all station commanders would be utilized to help ensure peace and order during the event, where around 11 to 12 million devotees are expected to join the nationwide feast celebration.