By Jel Santos
Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Sunday announced the suspension of all national and regional events involving students from different localities, such as the Palaro Regional Meets, until further notice.
The staging of the Palarong Pambansa 2020, which be held in Marikina City in May, will be up to the Palaro Board, the agency said.
But the DepEd pointed out that the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) and National Festival of Talents (NFOT) will push through since the participants were already at the venues in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, and Ilagan, Isabela, respectively.
“Heightened precautions are being implemented at NFOT and NSPC, which include foregoing elements of the programs that can be avoided (such as parades, etc.),” the department said in a statement.
“Decisions on other DepEd activities shall await definitive advisory from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) that we hope to receive tomorrow, to ensure informed, coordinated and proportionate response,” it ended.
Marikina, the host city of the Palarong Pambansa 2020, on Sunday suspended classes in all levels in private and public schools from March 9 to 11 to disinfect classrooms in the city as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.
It can be recalled that the Department of Health confirmed the first localized transmission of COVID-19 in the Philippines last Saturday after a 62-year-old Filipino male, with no known history of travel to any country with virus infection, tested positive for the disease.
As of writing, there are now six confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.
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