MANILA — A total of 279 people were given medical attention even before the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene began on Saturday morning, said NCRPO Spokesman Chief Inspector Kimberly Molitas.
Molitas said of the 279 (106 male, 173 female), about 166 experienced dizziness , 16 were trauma patients, while three had laceration, two have fever, and 77 underwent blood pressure check up.
As of 7 a.m., the crowd estimate at the Quirino Granstand was estimated to 1.2 million.
The procession started at 5:53 a.m. after a Mass officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Quirino Grandstand.
Meanwhile, In order to augment the emergency preparations during the Black Nazarene Traslacion 2016, volunteers of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Patrol 117 have been deployed in the area.
Patrol 117 Executive Director, Engr. Edgar Allan Tabell said the volunteer groups with search and rescue teams and emergency medical teams will work hand in hand with Patrol 117 in cases of emergencies.
He said one volunteer group — Stout Risk Reduction Group, composed of 18 volunteers — has an ambulance stationed at the Patrol 117 Main Center in Quezon City.
“Nag-volunteer sila na maging partner ng Hotline 117. Ang mga volunteers na ito ay nakahandang mag-augment kapag may emergencies,” said Tabell.
The volunteers were prepositioned outside the perimeter area of the Black Nazarene route, which is part of the security augmentation being prepared by the government’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
“Yung na-develop ng National Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) na sistema since 2012, the first level (of security in the city of Manila) is the local government of Manila and the Quiapo church; the second level was the regional or the Metro Manila DRRM Council chaired by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and all the regional offices of all agencies,” he explained.
“The third level is the national where I am also involved,” Tabell explained, “is the deployment of assets like ambulances, firetrucks, policemen. ‘Andun yung mga assets ng first level sa mismong dadaanan ng traslacion. Outside of that perimeter or outside of the main route, andun yung mga assets ng regional like from National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Department of Health (DOH), Armed Forces (AFP), NCR-Bureau of Fire, etc.”
He said in the previous years, during emergencies in areas outside of the Black Nazarene activities like fire, stabbing incidents and the like, assets deployed in the Traslacion were sometimes pulled out to respond outside which resulted in slow response since assets or vehicles were already deployed in the activity routes.
“In the past during the Nazareno celebrations, kapag may sunog o stabbing incidents o iba pang emergencies outside of the Black Nazarene activity areas, some of the assets already deployed were pulled out to respond. Una, mabagal kasi by that time marami ng tao, mahirap makalabas ng mabilis yung mga sasakyan, etc. Yung iba naman malalayo lugar na itinatawag sa Hotline 117,” he noted.
Tabell said what Patrol 117 started to do in 2014 was to mobilize volunteer groups with ambulances, medical teams and search and rescue teams and prepositioned them outside of the area of the Black Nazarene celebrations.
“Nag-umpisa kami noong 2014. Kumuha kami ng may mga ambulansya, medical teams and search and rescue at pinaghanda namin outside of the area or route. Our volunteers have been providing emergency augmentation in areas like Navotas, Valenzuela, etc. Doon nakapreposition ang mga assets at volunteers under the operational supervision of Patrol 117,” he said.
“Ito ang munting kontribusyon ng Patrol 117 at mga volunteers sa Black Nazarene feast celebrations,” he added.
The Patrol 117 volunteers are deployed in strategic areas from January 8 until January 10, 2016. PNA / northboundasia.com