THE number of military personnel, tasked to secure this year's "Traslacion" or Black Nazarene Procession in Quiapo, Manila, has climbed to 1,000, doubling the original 500, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced late Saturday, January 6.
These troops will augment the 5,613 police officers deployed to secure the festivities on January 9.
The soldiers are under the AFP's Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) commanded by Brigadier General Alan Arrojado.
Arrojado, in a statement, said that they have activated Joint Task Group (JTF) "Nazareno" to help the police in ensuring the peaceful celebration and conclusion of the "Traslacion."
"JTG 'Nazareno' includes combined personnel from the Army, Air Force, Navy, NOLCOM (Northern Luzon Command), SOLCOM (Southern Luzon Command) and AFP Reserve Command. They will form part of the forces for Security, Medical, K-9, Explosives and Ordnance Disposal, and Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Explosives Teams," he added.
The JTF-NCR chief said these units will be deployed from Quirino Grandstand to St. John the Baptist Church, Quiapo, Manila starting Monday.
“As the Metro Sentinel of the National Seat of Government, the JTF NCR, AFP will actively support the Philippine National Police in ensuring a safe and peaceful celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene 'Traslacion' 2018. At the same time, our forces will remain alert in thwarting threat groups that may take advantage of the celebration,” he added. (PNA)