Traslacion 2019: What not to bring to the procession

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7) — With over five million people expected to swarm on the roads of Manila for the Feast of the Black Nazarene or Traslacion on Wednesday, the police has issued rules to maintain safety during the event.

The Manila Police District (MPD) prescribed the following safety measures which shall be in effect beginning 5 a.m. Tuesday:

Don't bring deadly weapons.

Don't bring firearms.

Don't bring backpacks.

Don't bring colored canisters or water jugs.

The MPD shall also impose a firecracker ban starting at 5 a.m. and a liquor ban at 8 a.m. up to the culmination of activities on the same day.

At 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, the Traslacion route or activity area shall be a no-fly and sail zone. The public should also expect that there would be no mobile signals in this area.

No to 'Trash-lacion'

Environment group EcoWaste coalition has also urged for a "trash-less" Traslacion. Citing reports from the Manila City Government, 385 tons of mixed garbage were collected from last year's Traslacion, an 11 percent increase from the celebration in 2017, which hauled 341 tons of garbage.

The coalition added that they were able to collect mounds of rubbish comprised of "corrugated boxes, foils, newspapers and plastics used as sleeping mats; food and beverage packaging such as 3-in-1 coffee sachets, cup noodles, paper and plastic cups and polystyrene containers; food leftovers; plastic bags; and cigarette butts."

The piles of trash were collected from Rizal Park and along the six-kilometer processional path from the Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church.