About 16,000 personnel from various agencies will be deployed to secure the upcoming “Traslacion” of the Black Nazarene on January 9.
Security personnel from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Coast Guard, and other volunteers will join forces to maintain orderliness during the procession.
During Monday’s media briefing at the Pope Benedict building in Quiapo, Manila, NCRPO Chief Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said the police force will man the route of the procession, which will start at Quirino Grandstand.
Other police personnel, including officers from the special action force (SAF), will cover the procession from the front and sides while leaving the back open for devotees to prevent inordinate delay of the procession and prevent injuries among devotees.
“I cannot guarantee that the police line will not be penetrated because people will really try to, but we will [also] do our best to hold the line,” Sinas said.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will likewise deploy a thousand personnel for the first time, to keep an eye on the Ayala Bridge, the only bridge that the procession will pass through this year.
“Sinas gave us the toughest task but we are confident to perform our part, it is very special to me as well because my mother is from Quiapo, and my brother used to join the procession,” said AFP Joint Task Force-NCR commander, Brig. Gen. Alex DC Luna. (with reports from PNA)