By Niño Luces
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Classes in all levels, in both public and private schools in Sto. Domingo town, Albay province were suspended due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Mayor Jun Aguas issued an advisory on Thursday afternoon that classes will be suspended from March 13 to March 22 to avoid the spread of the virus.
“Upang maiwasan ang paglaganap ng COVID-19, suspendido na ang lahat ng klase sa mga pribado at pampublikong paaralan sa lahat ng lebel sa buong bayan ng Sto. Domingo, Albay epektibo bukas, araw ng Biyernes hanggang Marso 22,” Aguas said in his advisory.
Earlier, St. Agnes Academy in Legazpi City also suspend classes from March 13, to March 25 due to COVID-19.
“In the midst of our growing concern over the fast spreading COVID-19, we, Sisters and Lay Administrators of St. Agnes Academy has decided to come up with precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our learners and personnel and other stakeholders. We decided to quarantine the Grades 11 and 12 HUMMS and teacher-chaperones who went to Manila and visited the Senate. They arrived safely and well early this morning. They are at home until the 25th of this month to fulfill the 14-day quarantine period as recommended by our school doctor and health officials. Cancel on-site classes from March 13 to 25th of March. Our teachers have prepared modules for learners and students to accomplish at home and to be submitted when they come back to school on March 26.,” the advisory said.
The Genecom Institute of Technology, also in Legazpi City has also ended regular classes on March 13. In an advisory, Genecom said that the last day of regular class will be on March 13 to reduce exposure and heightened precautions. All related compliance such as submission of projects, special examinations, signing of clearance and other related matters shall be done with appointment with teachers concerned.
Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua told the Manila Bulletin that some events during the annual celebration of Sunflower Festival were cancelled. Instead, a one-day event will be held on March 24, during the 19th Cityhood anniversary.
Albay 2nd District Joey Salceda also announced the suspension of Albay 2D Congressional Cup Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament starting Thursday night “until further notice” despite Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) clearance to continue its actions.
The Congressional Cup has 437 team-entries making it as the largest basketball league in the region.