The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is determined to keep the procession for the Feast of the Black Nazarene as smooth as possible, even if it means that the 2,000 deployed traffic aides will have to wear adult diapers just to glue them to their posts.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino is confident that wearing disposable underwear, which can hold four rounds worth of urine absorption will lead towards improved security measures, saying “They (traffic constables) must wear it. If you leave your post and look for portalets, you will encounter a long line there because of the huge number of people during the event and you will not be able to return.”
Tolentino also believes that the implementation of the “adult diaper scheme” will easily solve the problem of having only one drum for every portalet unit.
The personnel, which will be composed of manpower from the Traffic Discipline Office, Rescue Group, and Metro Parkway Clearing Group, will report for duty from Thursday evening for the vigil of devotees up until the end of the procession on Friday. They will be of service and roam around Quirino Grandstand and within the Quiapo Church area.
Tolentino also expressed his intention of enforcing the same diaper protocol for the upcoming five-day papal visit. In a DZBB radio interview, he said that the translacion will essentially be a dry run for Pope Francis’ much-anticipated trip to the Philippines.
The Catholic Church is just as excited and prepared for these two big events. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo told Radio Veritas that the annual Nazarene feast is a great way to celebrate Filipinos’ spiritual commitment, saying, “With the papal visit nearing, let’s also take the Quiapo fiesta as an opportunity to show to the Holy Father that Filipinos have discipline in terms of their devotion.”