Work, classes in Manila City suspended for Black Nazarene procession

THE Manila City Government has suspended work and classes in the city on January 9, 2020 for the feast day and annual procession of the Black Nazarene.

Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso issued Executive Order 2, series of 2020, which states that class suspension will be for all levels in all universities, colleges and schools in Manila City, while work suspension will be limited to all departments, offices and bureaus of the City Government.

Likewise, the Mayor also ordered the suspension of work in all departments, offices and bureaus under the Manila City government.

Below is a copy of Executive Order No. 2 series of 2020 signed by the Mayor.#AlertoManileno #Traslacion2020 pic.twitter.com/V3q5QcIgCc

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Those involved in frontline services, which include maintenance of peace and order, public services, traffic enforcement, disaster and risk reduction management, health and sanitation are expected to work on January 9.

"The suspension of work in the national government offices and all private companies holding office in the city is left to the discretion of their management and/or heads of office," the order stated.

The suspension was made as thousands of devotees are expected to participate in the Traslacion, with the City Government noting a total of three million devotees who joined the Black Nazarene procession in 2019.

It was also made in consideration of public order and safety, as well as reduction of traffic congestion during the occasion, the order stated.

The procession of the Black Nazarene will start at the Quirino Grandstand and end at the Quiapo Church. It will be 300 meters shorter than the usual route due to rehabilitation works being done on the Jones and MacArthur Bridges, said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. (LMY/SunStar Philippines)