MMDA to field traffic enforcers in Black Nazarene procession on Sunday

January 9, 2011 2:51 am 

MANILA, Jan. 8 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will deploy 300 traffic enforcers to the Quiapo area starting 4 a.m. on Sunday (Jan. 9) to man traffic within the vicinity of the Quiapo Church during the celebration the feast of the Black Nazarene.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the contingent will augment the existing number of enforcers from the Philippine National Police (PNP)and the city of Manila to ensure a peaceful and orderly celebration of the event.

Majority of the traffic enforcers will be manning the roads leading to the Quiapo Church to ensure the safety of an estimated six million devotees expected to join the annual festivities.

“This is the first time for MMDA to lend support to Manila in line with the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Our traffic enforcers will supervise vehicular and pedestrian traffic to avoid accidents or any untoward incident particularly along the route of the procession,” Tolentino said.

MMDA ambulances, tow trucks, and personnel from the Rescue Unit will also be on standby to provide assistance in case of emergencies.

Metro aides and street sweepers will also be deployed in the area after the procession to clean and clear the roads of all types of clutter.

Tolentino requests the public to cooperate with the traffic enforcers and other authorities in order to guarantee a safe, orderly, and meaningful celebration. (PNA)

LAM/CLTC

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