MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is eyeing to implement new security protocol for the annual procession, known to many Catholic faith devotees in the country as Traslacion.
Acting NCRPO chief Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said they are now preparing the new security plan which is envisioned to make the procession quicker, safer and more orderly.
The Traslacion is an annual event of the Catholic community held every January 9 from Intramuros to Quiapo Church in Manila. The procession, which draws thousands of devotees, usually lasts for 20 hours.
Sinas said the new set up will ban devotees from climbing up the carriage (andas), and instead require them to fall in line after the carriage to keep the event orderly. The procession route will also be barricaded.
He said they already tested the new protocol during a procession in Quiapo on Monday night. Around 10,000 cops were deployed in the test run, which resulted to the event ending after only one and a half hours than last year’s more than 10 hours.
“Kaming mga pulis, we provided the type of security na alam namin na kaya ito. We studied sa ilang mga years ng deployment na kaya mabagal ang prusisyon kasi nga may sumasalubong, may nag-aagaw sa andas, ‘di ba? So, may mga nagsusuntukan, hindi lang nare-report. Ngayon, hindi namin papayagan ‘yan,” Sinas said.
The NCRPO acting chief said the proposed security plan for the Traslacion 2020 will be implemented with the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and other law enforcement agencies.
He also added they are now closely coordinating with other local officials and organizations in the City of Manila in relation to the adoption of the new protocol. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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