Camp Aguinaldo — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through its National Response Cluster (NRC) and National Incident Management Team (NIMT) is providing support to the preparations for the observance of the Feast of The Black Nazarene which would be held on 9 January 2017 in the City of Manila.
A national standby-alert reserve force for consequence management operations had been organized to attend to the various natural and human- induced hazards such as mass casualty incidents that may occur during the observance from 8- 10 January 2017.
The standby-alert force is composed of various NDRRMC member-agencies namely: The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and its National Capital Region Office (OCD NCR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of the Interior and Local Government ( DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
Response assets and personnel will be prepositioned to effectively respond to any emergency that may arise during the observance especially during the highlight of the feast, the Annual Traslacion. This complements the preparations done by the Minor Basilica of The Black Nazarene, the Manila City Government through its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) and the Metro Manila Development Authority the through the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC).
NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo Jalad stressed that the aim of the NDRRMC in supporting the preparations of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene and the Manila City Government for the Annual Feast is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the devotees as they engage in the traditional activities of the observance so that they can focus their thoughts on the sublime message of the Passion of the Nazarene.