METRO Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Wednesday created a task force that will provide traffic management and security for Pope Francis’ visit next year.
Tolentino said Task Force Phantom is composed of 15 traffic constables from MMDA and 15 members of the Philippine National Police’s Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) to ensure smooth vehicular flow during the arrival of Pope Francis.
The highest leader of the Catholic Church will be in the Philippines from January 15 to 19 to meet earthquake and typhoon survivors in Tacloban and other areas in the Visayas.
Tolentino said part of their preparations is to iron out security and traffic management details.
“During the Papal visit, task force members will be deployed from airport to Palo, they will also go to Archbishop’s Palace and Tacloban,” he told reporters.
Tolentino said task force members will also be deployed during big events next year such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit (APEC) and the annual Black Nazarene procession.
Tolentino said there is a national organizing committee during the feast of the Black Nazarene but they will still deploy sufficient number of personnel to ensure the smooth holding of the procession.
Tolentino said apart from task force members, traffic enforcers would also be deployed in key areas in the metropolis during the duration of these big events.