By Jeffrey Damicog
Bago City followed other government local government units in canceling local annual events due to the threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).
“In compliance with the Department of Health Advisory on 2019- nCoV dated 7 February, the City Government of Bago cancels it’s 54th Charter Anniversary on February 11-19, 2020 until further notice,” read the city’s Facebook post.
Its Sanguguniang Panlungsod has already issued Resolution No. 20-082 regarding the cancellation of the event during a special session held on Monday, Feb. 10.
In its advisory, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III strongly urged the public “to avoid attending, participating in, and organizing events that draw a huge number of attendees.
“The DOH likewise recommends the cancellation of such planned big events or mass gatherings until further notice,” Duque advised.
“To further minimize the risk of contracting 2019-nCoV ARD, the public is advised to avoid crowded places and continue to practice self-protection measures,” he added.