PASIG CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) -- The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) announced that churches in the City of Manila will again ease restrictions on religious gatherings, allowing 30 percent seating capacity in all places of worship.
This, after Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso signed Monday Executive Order No. 41, that authorizes the increase of seating capacity of religious gatherings "to promote not only the social and economic well-being" of his constituents but also their "spiritual well-being."
"There is a need for the city to address the spiritual needs of its constituents," Moreno said.
Under the executive order, only citizens aged 18 years old to 65 years old are allowed to attend religious gatherings.
Mayor Isko also urged church leaders to ensure that minimum health protocols set by the government are strictly observed.
According to CBCP, Bishop Broderick Pabillo of the Manila archdiocese welcomed the city government's order to accommodate more churchgoers.
Manila's parishes will also increase the number of Masses each day to allow more people to attend church services.
Bishop Pabillo also said priests will also hold Mass in school gymnasiums to avoid crowding and maintain physical distancing during Undas and Simbang Gabi. (PIA-NCR)