NCRPO all set for this year’s Feast of the Black Nazarene

Photo courtesy of NCRPO PIO

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- Police personnel of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) are all set to protect and serve for this year's Feast of the Black Nazarene on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 amid the pandemic.

NCRPO chief Police Brigadier General Vicente Danao and Manila’s chief of police, Police Brigadier General Leo Francisco recently inspected the Quiapo area including the churches where masses will be held: Sta Cruz Church, San Sebastian Church, Nazarene Catholic School and Quiapo Church.

Due to the threat of COVID-19, officials of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene decided to forego the annual Traslacion or the country's biggest religious procession. However, masses held at the Quiapo Church will be streamed live via official and affiliate social media accounts.

According to the NCRPO, troops from the police’s Special Action Force, who were already deployed last December, are all in place.

The Manila Police District (MPD) will also deploy around 7,000 police personnel and around 20,000 police personnel from the other Metro Manila police districts, together with the Regional Headquarters and Regional Mobile Force Battalion.

Danao, for his part, emphasized that the following restrictions during the festivity will be implemented to avoid any untoward incidents: vendors will be prohibited within the vicinity of the Quiapo Church; church-goers will not be allowed to bring or use backpacks as well as colored canisters.

Church-goers are also encouraged to use or bring only transparent plastic bags, transparent water containers or transparent water bottles.

Danao cited the challenges posed by the current health emergency as he also called on the cooperation of the public to follow health protocols to curb the spread of the virus.

“Isa sa mga challenge ngayon ay ang pag-implement ng minimum health standard. Unlike before, kahit magdikit-dikit ang mga tao ngayon may problema tayo about sa COVID, lalo na ngayon we have the latest strain of virus which is according to the World Health Organization (WHO) it is stronger than the original one so yun ang dapat nating bantayan," he said.

"Since the health standard protocols have been implemented for almost a year, I solicit the cooperation of the church goers to implement self-imposed discipline like wearing face mask, face shield and observance of social distancing at all times,” Danao added. (PIA-NCR)

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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