Valentine’s Day is for couples, so it’s no COVID nightmare–MMDA exec

Published January 26, 2021, 11:00 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia doesn’t see the upcoming Valentine’s Day celebration next month as a huge challenge when it comes to containing the spread of the new coronavirus.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia

This, despite “Hearts’ Day” being arguably Filipinos’ second most cherished and commercialized occasion, next to Christmas.

Garcia, speaking in an impromptu press briefing with reporters via Zoom Tuesday night, said Valentine’s Day celebrations usually involve couples and not big groups of friends or relatives.

“Majority naman ng nagse-celebrate ng Valentine’s Day, couple yan. Magdi-dinner yan…hindi ganun kadami ang mass gathering, yung barkada magsasama-sama kayo, yung mag-anak magsasama-sama kayo, unlike Christmas. (The majority of those who celebrate Valentine’s Day are couples. They will have dinner…there are not much mass gatherings, friends and family don’t meet together, unlike Christmas),” he said.

“Yung Valentine’s mas more yan sa mga couples, intimate moments nila. Magde-date yan. So I think mas kaya kontrolin kasi mas kokonti ang lalabas. (Valentine’s is more for couples and their intimate moments. They will go out on dates. So I think it will be easier to control since not many people will go out),” Garcia explained.

Garcia bought up the comparison after a reporter asked him if he and the Metro Manila Council (MMC) had any reminders for metro residents ahead of Valentine’s Day on February 14.

“Ang paala-ala natin lagi yung minimum health protocols huwag nating kakalimutan. (Our reminder is to always observe minimum health protocols),” the MMDA official also said.

Garcia held the presser right after meeting with the MMC, which is composed of 17 mayors in the National Capital Region. 

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos was also present at the meeting.