Over 6 million devotees are expected to participate in this year’s procession of the Black Nazarene from the Quirino Grandstand back to its home in Quiapo Church, according to Quiapo Church social communications coordinator Jonnaus Bautista.

Bautista also said that the procession may conclude faster than last year’s event due to the new and shorter route.

Under the new route in this year’s Traslacion, the image of the Black Nazarene will pass through the Ayala Bridge instead of Jones Bridge.

Bautista said the procession may only take from 15 to 16 hours, compared to last year that took almost 23 hours.

Likewise, he said that Church officials are ready in the case that devotees would try to divert the route of the procession to Jones Bridge.

SECURITY MEASURES

More than 13,000 police personnel will be deployed around the nation’s capital to ensure the safety and security of millions of devotees, said Police Lieutenant Colonel Reynaldo Magdaluyo, commander of Manila Police District Station 3.

Magdaluyo also assured the public that the “zero-vendor policy” ordered by Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso will be strictly implemented on the entire route of the Traslacion.

“Walang kahit isa na maaaring magtinda sa daraanan ng prusisyon, dadamputin sila ng pulis,” Magdaluyo said.

Classes in all levels, both private and public, and local government work have already been suspended in observance of the Traslacion.

(Pubmat by Carlo Asoro/MPIO)