For those raring to hold street parties this Christmas, hold your horses.
Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said Friday, Dec. 10 that it’s imperative for the party organizers to first coordinate with their respective local government units (LGUs) before pushing through with their planned revelry.
“Number one, go to your LGU, makipag-ugnayan kayo sa LGU ninyo (coordinate with your LGUs) before you plan anything tulad ng mga (like) party-party na street party or what. Go to your LGU muna (first),” Nograles said in a virtual press conference.
Nograles, who also serves as spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), reckoned that organizers should not assume that the party they plan to throw would be greenlit automatically by local authorities.
“Makipag-unayan po muna sa LGU. OK? Huwag niyong isipin na, ‘Ah OK, pwede ‘to, pwede.’ Hindi, hindi po (Coordinate with the LGU first. OK? Don’t think, ‘Ah OK, this is allowed.’ No, not like that),” he said.
“There will be some LGUs that will have requirements. So ‘wag ito i-generalize na, ‘OK sige, pwede na.’ LGU po (So don’t generalize like this, ‘OK this will ne allowed.’ The LGU will decide),” the Palace official further said.
Nograles made these remarks even as the country is bracing for what health officials have described as the inevitable entry of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The entire country is currently under alert level 2 based on the Alert Level System (ALS) for COVID-19 response. Alert level 2 is the second most lenient classification where business establishments can operate up to 80 percent of its pre-pandemic capacities.
On Thursday, the Philippines recorded its 16th straight day of having fewer than 1,000 new daily cases of COVID-19.