MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso will ban vendors from selling their wares along the route of this year’s Traslacion.
“Walang vendor sa buong Quiapo, zero. Lahat ng dadaanan ng traslacion, walang uri ng obstruction,” Domagoso said in a press briefing held ahead of the annual event being observed by the Catholic community on January 9.
Mayor Isko said banning vendors from the procession’s route from Quirino Grandstand to the Quiapo Church will ensure the safety of devotees who usually flock to the event barefooted.
The move is also expected to reduce the trash in the Traslacion’s venue.
Domagoso also said that parking of any type of vehicle as well as ambulances, police mobile and fire trucks along the procession route will not be allowed during the event.
“Kapag iniwan nyo sasakyan nyo, motorsiklo nyo, you will be considered as a donor of the city of Manila,” he said.
“Kailangan ko po ang pakikiisa nyo para sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” he added.
The city government will also implement a truck ban in Manila from January 7 to 9 in view of the event which is expected to draw a large volume of Catholic devotees.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier said it will deploy 11,000 personnel to secure the event. A new security protocol will also be implemented to make the procession quicker, safer and more orderly. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)
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