The Navotas City government has started preparations to ensure safe observance of the coming Holy Week.
The city has set up a security and traffic management plan particularly near churches and chapels that are centers of religious activities.
Mayor John Rey Tiangco said “we expect an influx of churchgoers and the faithful on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, especially in Brgy. Bangkulasi where the Bahay ng Mahal na Señor is located,” adding that tourists also flock the area to witness devotees practice “penitensya.”
“Semana Santa is a time for spiritual reflection and renewal for many Filipinos. We want them to do their pilgrimage and devout undertakings without worries,” he added.
Some 220 local police officers will be deployed on April 2, Palm Sunday, until April 9, Easter Sunday, to maintain peace and order in the city.
To avoid traffic congestion and road mishaps, M. Naval Street and North Bay Boulevard, from C4 Road to Lapu-Lapu Avenue, will be closed on April 6, Thursday, 6 p.m. to April 7, Friday, 7 p.m.
Motorists can take R-10 as alternative route.
Navotas is home to a number of parish and quasi-parishes, chapels and other places of worship. These include the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of San Jose de Navotas, the oldest church in the city, and Santo Niño de Pasion de Navotas, where pieces of Jesus’ cross and other relics relating to his life are enshrined.
The city government declared both as religious tourism sites.
“Amidst all the activities during the Holy Week, we remind and encourage all Navoteños to be cautious and still follow minimum public health standards to remain safe from sickness or any untoward incidents. Also, keep out of the sun and stay hydrated,” Tiangco said.