All bases are covered.
This was the assurance given by Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año regarding today’s Traslacion wherein 13,624 police officers are being deployed to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the procession.
“Despite it taking a shorter route than usual, we guarantee the public and the devotees of the Black Nazarene that all bases are covered and all security measures are in place for ‘Traslacion 2020,’” Año said.
“This annual display of faith is expected to attract thousands of believers. That’s why we have made sure that we can promise everyone’s safety,” he added.
The Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and other law enforcement units are in coordination to ensure the smooth conduct of the yearly procession, which transports the Black Nazarene from the Quirino Grandstand back to Quiapo Church.
Based on PNP data, 2,144 police officers, composed of the Regional Mobile Force battalion and Special Action Force, will secure the andas wall; 1,065 from the Eastern Police District will handle venue crowd control; and 1,206 from the regional headquarters and patrolmen will be stationed in the Quiapo Church wall.
A huge chunk of the police force will be manning Segment 1-8 from Quirino Grandstand to Plaza Miranda, comprising 7,191 cops; Segment A-G from Arlegui Street to Quezon Avenue with 517 from the Manila Police District; area security with 350; and 1,151 for the support unit.
“We know that the Traslacion during the Feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the most intense expressions of faith of our countrymen, gathering thousands of Filipinos. That’s why we have taken all necessary preparations and assigned our police force for everybody’s safety,” Año added.
Ten BFP firetrucks are also be on standby to respond to any untoward fire incidents, while three water assets from the Philippine Coast Guard are also being deployed.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government chief also asks the cooperation of the devotees and the public during the conduct of “Traslacion 2020” to avoid any accident during the procession.
He said no matter how much the local government unit (LGU) and other government entities have prepared, “if the participating public and devotees won’t behave accordingly, accidents may still happen.”
As the Manila City LGU suspended today all work and classes, Año encourages parents and devotees who wish to experience “Traslacion 2020” to refrain from bringing their children, the elderly, and the sick to the procession for security and safety reasons.