National Capital Region Police Office Chief PBGEN Vicente D Danao Jr., emphasized that all system go for the Feast of the Black Nazarene/Traslacion 2021 on January 9, 2021.
On January 05, 2021 together with Manila’s Finest Top Cop PBGEN Leo Francisco, ARD, PBGEN Danao inspected the area including the four churches namely; Sta Cruz Church, San Sebastian Church, Nazarene Catholic School and Quiapo Church where masses will be held. Troops from the Special Action Force who were deployed as early as December 22, 2020 are all in place, Manila Police District will also deploy 6 to 7 thousand policemen while more or less 20K policemen from the other police districts of the NCRPO, Regional Headquarters and Regional Mobile Force Battalion will be deployed on the day before the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
PBGEN Danao highlighted the restrictions during the Traslacion 2021, among these are: No vendors are allowed within the vicinity of Quiapo Church, church-goers are not allowed to bring or use backpacks as well as coloured canisters. Transparent plastic bags and transparent water containers or bottled water are only allowed. This is to avoid the occurrence of any untoward incidents.
Likewise, PBGEN Danao stated that the commemoration of the Traslacion this year is a big challenge. “Isa sa mga challenge ngayon ay ang pag-implement ng minimum health standard. Unlike before, kahit magdikit-dikit ang mga tao ngayon may problema tayo about sa COVID, lalo na ngayon we have the latest strain of virus which is according to the World Health Organization (WHO) it is stronger than the original one so yun ang dapat nating bantayan.”
“Since the health standard protocols have been implemented for almost a year, I solicit the cooperation of the church goers to implement self-imposed discipline like wearing face mask, face shield and observance of social distancing at all times.” PBGEN Danao ended