By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will limit the crowd that will participate in its annual alumni homecoming as part of measures to prevent the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an academy spokesperson said Wednesday.
PMA Spokesperson Capt. Cheryl Tindog said the homecoming will be open only to the alumni, their immediate family, and officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The homecoming, originally scheduled from Feb. 14 to 16, was moved to Saturday (Feb. 22) at Fort del Pilar in Baguio City after appeals were made by military and defense officials to the PMA Alumni Association, Inc. to consider the welfare of the attendees amid the coronavirus scare.
“It will push through on February 22. It will be a private gathering of the alumni and their immediate families,” Tindog said.
For the first time in recent years, the members of the press will be barred from covering the event while the general public will be prohibited from entering Fort del Pilar during the homecoming.
“This is part of the academy’s measures against the spread of COVID-19, that is why as much as possible, we are limiting the crowd from going inside Fort del Pilar,” Tindog explained.”Our apologies if it will not be opened for the media and the general public.”
The annual PMA alumni homecoming gathers past and present PMAers in a celebration of history and tradition.