Mayor Calixto made the special announcement in the aftermath of the Feast of the Black Nazarene estimated to be attended by 5.5 million by the Philippine National Red Cross and resulted yielded two casualties and more than 1,500 persons having sought medical help.
The two casualties were reported to be due to injuries during a stampede before the start of the procession and a heart attack.
High blood pressure, injuries, lacerations, nausea, difficulty in breathing, seizure and sprains were some of the cases attended to by emergency medical personnel posted during the Black Nazarene procession.
“We expect people wanting to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis to be more than the number of devotees during the Feast of the Black Nazarene last January 9. Pasay is the first and last stop of Pope Francis here in the Philippines” Mayor Calixto said.
Calixto added that “we anticipate not just Catholics from Pasay and Metro Manila but also from all parts of the Philippines and even from other countries to see Pope Francis. All hotels and inns within Pasay are practically fully booked.”
Pasay has the 3rd most number of room accommodations from high end hotel suites to budget inns in the country.
Mayor Calixto is reminding the motoring public to be cooperative and obey the traffic rerouting scheme and road closures set in place for the Papal visit.
Constant and regular advisories are being issued by the City’s Public Information Office through the traditional as well as the social media.
Calixto also reminded the public to throw their thrash in the designated garbage bins strategically located along and near the Papal routes.
Pasay City is home to Villamor Airbase where the Papal entourage is expected to land on January 15, be sent off to Tacloban on January 17 and back to the Vatican on the 19th of January.
The Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay is also the venue for Pope Francis’ Meeting With the Families on January 16.