MANILA – Aside from the preparation for Pope Francis’ visit this month, the government is also working to secure the Feast of the Black Nazarene slated on January 9.
Thousands of devotees are expected to be in Manila for the celebration and the procession.
According to Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the local government of Manila will coordinate in order to secure the devotees.
“That is also one of the big things that we are preparing for because we know every year, devotees really flock to the Black Nazarene procession,” she said during an interview.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada already announced the suspension of classes in all levels for the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
Moreover, he added that there will be police crowd control units that will be deployed to critical areas, including Manila City Hall during the procession.
The procession for the Black Nazarene usually starts at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park and ends at Quiapo Church.
Aside from the Feast of the Black Nazarene, the country is also preparing for the coming of Pope Francis. According to reports, around six million people in Manila alone may be expected once the pope arrives.