THE Manila Police District (MPD) yesterday said that starting today, vending will be prohibited around Quiapo Church and along the areas where the procession of the Black Nazarene will pass during the ‘Traslacion’ on January 9.
MPD Director Senior Supt. Vicente Danao, Jr. said the prohibition is in view of the volume of people going to the area attending the novena masses every 6 p.m. which have already begun.
The “no vendor policy” is being enforced to prevent early piles of garbage and to provide more space for the devotees who will be joining the ‘Traslacion’. Police had estimated that around 2.5 million are expected to participate.
Tomorrow, January 8, beginning at 5 a.m., bringing of firearms and deadly weapons, backpacks and colored canisters or water jugs will also be banned. The liquor ban takes effect at 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, the blessing of replicas of the Black Nazarene will take place today while the traditional kissing of the holy icon or “pahalik” will be held at the Quirino Grandstand tomorrow morning to be followed by a midnight mass.
At 4 a.m. on January 9, a morning prayer will be held before the start of the ‘Traslacion’.
Officials of Quiapo Church called on the devotees who have health conditions such as hypertension and pregnant women not to join the procession for their own safety. Parents and adults were also advised not to bring children on the feast day. They were advised instead to go to the prayer stations.