By Ferdinand Patinio

(PNA file photo)

MANILA – The city government of Manila on Thursday announced the implementation of a liquor ban in several areas for the Feast of the Sto. Niño this weekend.

In Executive Order (EO) 3 signed by Mayor Honey Lacuna, the liquor ban will be in effect from Jan. 14 to 15 in areas “within the territorial jurisdiction of the Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish and Sto. Niño de Pandacan.”

Lacuna said the ban is aimed at ensuring peace and order in the city during the annual religious celebration.

It will also implement City Ordinance No. 5555 which prohibits the drinking of liquor and other alcoholic beverages in public places such as streets and alleys.

Lacuna has directed the Manila Police District and all law enforcement officers to strictly implement the ordinance.

Devotees are expected to flock to these parishes to celebrate the Feast of the Child Jesus Christ on Sunday.

The Sto. Niño De Tondo Parish is located at Lorenzo Chacon St., Tondo district, while Sto. Niño Parish Padacan is at Jesus St., Barangay 833 in Pandacan.

For the schedule of Masses and other activities related to the celebration, the public may visit the social media accounts of these parishes. (PNA)