Black Nazarene devotees warned not to buy street foods, drinks



Health Secretary Enrique Ona

MANILA, Philippines—Don’t buy drinks and foods being sold at the streets during the Black Nazarene festival, the Department of Health (DOH) advised devotees Tuesday in order to prevent untoward incidents.

“It would be more practical and healthy for devotees to bring their own food and snacks to the procession and avoid street foods as these are exposed to dust particles and other pollutants in the streets and are sometimes unsanitary,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona said in a statement.

They should also bring their own drinking water to prevent dehydration, Ona said.

He further advised devotees to not bring children to the procession to avoid injuries from the pushing of the crowds.

Children are also very susceptible to diseases that can easily be passed in such a crowded environment, Ona said.

Emergency medical teams have been deployed already at select posts along the route of the procession to attend to any accidents, Ona said.

They will be at Quirino Grandstand near Museo Pambata; National Museum; Post Office/Liwasang Bonifacio; Metropolitan Theater area; Mercury Drug near Quiapo Church; CityState Hotel along Quezon Boulevard; 7-11 Quezon Blvd North Bound; UST Lerma; and Palanca Street near Ayala Bridge.

A Code White Alert has been raised in all Metro Manila hospitals Tuesday and will be in effect until Thursday.

“The DOH Health Emergency Management Staff will continuously monitor the event and will be at the Quiapo Command Post coordinating with other agencies involved in the celebration,” Ona said.

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  • WeAry_Bat

    Missing one thing…They bring their own trash bags.

  • Horst Manure

    Let me see the Health Dept tells us the food from street stalls  is unsafe  some one should inform the Health Dept and report them.

  • joboni96

    kaaway ng masa
    itong health secretary na ito

    aalisan pa ng negosyo
    ang mga street vendors

    ok yan sa mga katulad mong mayaman
    na sa sobrang linis
    wala ng immunity

    sa aming mga sanay sa marumi
    immune na kami
    sa mga kinakatakutan mo

    kolonisadong utak ka kasi
    maging astig pro pilipino mindset

    • Tristanism

      E kung madumi naman talaga, ke Pilipino yung mikrobyo o hindi, makakasama pa din naman yun. Maige pa rin ang nag-iingat, kabayan.

      • joboni96

        kung marumi yan
        marami na sana sa amin
        ang nagkasakit

        tigas lang immunity namin
        dahil survivor sa street foods

        pakainin mo si cia joe dyan
        sigurado inudoro bagsak niya

      • Tristanism

        I get your point. Hindi naman kasi tayo sure na magkakasingtibay ang mga sikmura ang lahat ng tao at maalaga sa paninda ang maglalako sa prusisyon. Yun lang naman ang point ng panawagan.

      • joboni96


        naawa lang ako
        sa mga tatamaang
        street vendors
        na ok naman karamihan

  • Hfxwst

    Who pays for all the extra police and security and other expenses for this Catholic festival?  Do we all have to or just Catholics?  Do we offer the same support to festivals and celebrations by other religions?

    I do not want my tax money used for religious festivals.

    • mxsclxmxn

      what? stupid comment! …services provided by govt has no color! either iglesia ka ni batman, you can avail/request for services and no one will question you on it! 

      • Hfxwst

        No tax money should be given to these religious groups – let them pay for it themselves! That’s crap!

      • Philip

        tanga ka tlaga! dpt di ka binibigyan ng Christmas vacation or vacation sa mahal na araw or sa undas kc para lng iyon sa mga Katoliko. di mo ba naisip iyon na nag-eenjoy k sa mga ganyang panahon kc wala kang pasok.

    • Philip

      tanga ka tlaga! dpt di ka binibigyan ng Christmas vacation or vacation sa mahal na araw or sa undas kc para lng iyon sa mga Katoliko. di mo ba naisip iyon na nag-eenjoy k sa mga ganyang panahon kc wala kang pasok.

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