If you're traveling to the City of Manila on January 9, 2020, brace yourself for heavy traffic. The procession for this year's Black Nazarene (Traslacion) will be held this Thursday, and large portions of the city will be affected.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced the route the procession will be taking, and MMDA chairman Danilo Lim himself has advised motorists to take alternate routes. Approximately 1,000 ground personnel will be deployed during the day's events to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible. These personnel are comprised of the different branches of the MMDA, namely Metro Public Safety Office (MPSO), Traffic Discipline Office, Metro Parkways Clearing Group and Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group.
The procession will start at the Quirino grandstand, then finish at Quiapo church. This year's route will take devotees to Katigbak Road through Padre Burgos and then on to Finance Road. From Finance Road, the procession will go through Carlos Palanca Street, Quezon Boulevard, Arlegui St., Fraternal St., Vergara St., Duque de Alba St., Castillejos St., Farnecio St., Arlegui St., Nepomuceno St., Concepcion Aguila St., Carcer St., Hidalgo through Plaza del Carmen, Bilibid Viejo through Gil Puyat, JP De Guzman St., Hidalgo St., Quezon Boulevard, Palanca St. through under Quezon Bridge, Villalobos through Plaza Miranda and, lastly, in Quiapo Church.
Meanwhile, the City of Manila has declared the suspension of classes in all levels and in all schools. Mayor Francisco Domagoso also said that government offices will be closed during the day in observance of Traslacion 2020. At the same time, Manila's LGUs will be assisting the MMDA and the Philippine National Police to keep peace and order in the city.