Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has declared suspension of classes and work (City Government offices only) for January 9, 2015 (Friday) in the city of Manila in view of Black Nazarene Feast celebration.
Today January 5,2015, Joseph Estrada, former President and currently the Mayor of the City of Manila, has released Executive Order No. 01 declaring the suspension of classes in all levels for both private and public schools in the City this January 9,2015 (Friday) for the celebration of the Feast of Black Nazarene. He also announced suspension of work in all departments, offices, and bureaus in City Government offices for the same day.
However, those personnel whose work are inclined in the maintenance of peace and order, traffic enforcement, disaster and risk reduction management, health and sanitation, business permit issuance and tax collection would still have to continue their operation thus have to report for work on January 9,2015.
The said suspension was recommended by the Traffic Management Committee, the Manila Traffic Parking Bureau, the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, and the Manila Police District. This is to ensure public order safety and convenience and also to reduce traffic congestion during the feast celebration.
The Feast of Black Nazarene is celebrated on January 9. Every year millions of devotees from different parts of the country participate in the event. The procession of the Black Nazarene occurs on January 9. It starts from Quirino Grandstand passing the streets of Quiapo until it reach the final destination, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene otherwise known as Quiapo Church.
According to news reports, Erap Estrada told that the feast will serve as a ‘dry run’ in preparation for the five-day papal visit which would happen on January 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19, 2015.
Meanwhile, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno has shared on his official Facebook page the list of roads in Manila that will be closed during the celebration. See the details below:
January 8, 2015 – 9:00PM
– Katigbak Drive and South Drive (one lace-accessible to Manila and H2O Hotel)
January 9,2015 – 12:00MN
– Mc Arthur Bridge, Jones Bridge and Quezon Bridge
– Roas Boulevard from Katigbak to Kalaw
– Both lane of Quezon Bldv in Quiapo will be closed to traffic from Andalucia / Fugoso and Espana / P. Campa for southbound and from Taft Avenue for Northbound.
Aside from January 9,2015, Manila will also experience non-working day on the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th of January 2015 in view of the Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines.