Communications Secretary Martin Andanar asked for public understanding as they are forced to observe All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days in their homes instead of in cemeteries as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In a statement Saturday, Andanar reminded the public that all cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums in the country are closed from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 and that visitors allowed in these places during other dates will be limited to 30 percent capacity.
He, however, said that the public’s sacrifices will eventually pay off.
“As we remain under the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to observe these days in the traditional sense,” he said.
“Let us be reminded that this sacrifice will help prevent the spread of the disease and that our duty is not only to protect ourselves and our loved ones but others as well,” he added.
The former journo asked the public to keep in mind the health protocols as the nation observes the Undas season.
“As we adopt alternative ways to make our solemn observances, let us remember the practice of minimum health standards, so that we may truly and collectively heal and recover from the pandemic,” he said.
“May this occasion inspire us to further strengthen our faith in the Lord, as well as uphold the values and traditions that further unite us as one nation,” he added,
Andanar said that Malacanang is one with the whole Christian community on the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
“In these days of remembrance, let us honor our departed loved ones and pray for the eternal repose of their souls. Let us cherish the fond memories we have shared with them, and think back on the ways they have enriched our faith and made a profound impact on our lives,” he said.
“May we also remember the significant roles and prodigious lives our saints have impressed upon us, and how they have made us closer and more faithful to God,” he added.