The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) assured that the route of the "traslacion" route for Monday's Black Nazarene procession is now free of potholes.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, they have already undertaken corrective measures and maintenance activities along the route of the Black Nazarene to ensure the safety of the devotees.
"The Traslacion Route is now free of potholes, defects except for areas that might be damaged by rain prior to Jan. 9 procession," he said.
Villar added, "The length of the Procession is 5.96 km. A joint inspection has been conducted as early as December 15 together with the Local Government Unit of Manila, Quiapo Church Administration and other government agencies. Our roads is ready for Traslacion."
On January 9, the Grand Procession will be from Quirino Grandstand going to Katigbak Drive thru P. Burgos, turn left on Taft Ave. thru Jones Bridge, right turn to Dasmarinas, then right turn to Palanca thru under Quezon Bridge, left turn to Quezon Blvd., right turn to Arlegui, right turn to Fraternal, right turn to Vergara, Duque de Alba, left turn to Castillejos, left turn to Farnecio, right turn to Arlegui, left turn to Nepomuceno (counter-flow), left turn to Aguila, right turn to Carcer, right turn to Hidalgo thru Plaza del Carmen, left turn to Bilibid Viejo thru Puyat, left turn to Guzman, right turn to Hidalgo, left turn to Bautista (Barbosa), right turn to Globo de Oro thru under Quezon Bridge, right turn to Palanca, right turn to Villalobos thru Plaza Miranda going to Quiapo Church.
Millions of devotees are expected to attend the "traslacion".
The annual Black Nazarene procession commemorates the first parade transferring the revered statue of Jesus Christ from a church in Intramuros to the Quiapo Church on Jan. 9, 1767.
Source: Philippines News Agency