By Ria Fernandez
To facilitate smooth flow of traffic in Intramuros, the Intramuros Administration (IA) announced the closure of one street and the prohibition of parking in some roads in the historic walled city in Manila to give way to Holy Week activities.
Lawyer Guiller Asido, IA administrator, said the whole stretch of General Luna Street will be “pedestrianized” or restricted to pedestrians to make way for the Stations of the Cross from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday.
Then on April 18 to 19, vendors will only be allowed to sell along Beaterio, Anda, Real, and San Jose Streets.
Moreover, one side of Bonifacio, Burgos Drive, as well as Muralla and Sta. Lucia Streets, will be the only designated parking areas during the event.
Vehicles that will be parked along Aduana, Cabildo, Arzobispo, and portions of Anda will be subject to towing.
Aside from these, Asido ensured tighter security as they have also tapped the assistance of the Philippine Marines, in addition to the deployment of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The Manila Health Department and the Philippine Red Cross will also install medical stations in case of emergencies.
According to Asido, more than the 900,000 local and foreign tourists last year are expected to flock to Intramuros this Semana Santa.
“We are confident that everything is ready and set for our number of devotees and tourists for Holy Thursday and Good Friday,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tourism Assistant Sec. Roberto Alabado, Jr. reminded the Catholic faithful and other visitors to practice responsible tourism during this period.
He encouraged those who will be conducting Visita Iglesia to bring their own water tumblers and dispose their trash properly.
“Maging responsableng Kristyano. Ang mga basura, ingatan at ilagay sa tamang basurahan (Be responsible Christians. Take care of your trash and place it in the proper bin),” he said.