The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is all-set in providing coordinated maritime safety and security assistance for the commemoration of the annual feast of the Black Nazarene known as Traslacion 2020.
To ensure the safety and security of millions of devotees who will gather at the heart of Manila, the PCG is currently conducting coastal operations along the vicinity waters off Quirino Grandstand and Pasig River, particularly in Ayala Bridge, Mc Arthur Bridge, Quezon Bridge, and Jones Bridge starting 07 January 2020 until 10 January 2020.
The PCG deploys approximately 271 personnel and 36 floating assets along major operational areas: Quiapo Church, Ayala Bridge, and Quirino Grandstand.
Available assets of PCG are already strategically deployed including multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) and fast patrol boats. Small crafts including high-speed boats, rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), and rubber boats are already positioned to make sure that the critical areas are highly monitored against any untoward incident.
Aside from the sail zone at the back of the Quirino Grandstand for the conduct of maritime security patrol, there are also K9 units, quick response teams, medical groups, and force multipliers from the PCG Auxiliary for the safe and secure commemoration of the annual feast.
The PCG calls on devotees to take part in the zero-casualty commemoration of Traslacion 2020 by complying to the safety and security measures being implemented and to report to authorities any suspicious individual or incident for appropriate action. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD