No more beauty pageants, no more festival and no more fireworks display during the 22nd Parañaque Cityhood anniversary activities, supposedly starting today (Monday).
Because of fear and concern about the deadly novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak, 20 of the 24 scheduled activities to celebrate the anniversary were cancelled including the Miss Parañaque pageant, “Gandang Mamita” contest, the “Sunduan Festival” and the street dance event.
Mayor Edwin Olivarez said the cancellations include the awarding of the 2019 Outstanding Taxpayers, which will be held at Solaire Resorts and Casino, and the Mega Job Fair held annually at the city hall grounds.
This year’s State of the City Address of the mayor, which is regularly attended by city stakeholders, government officials, ambassadors, and businessmen, was also shelved.
“In the interest of everyone’s safety, we have been advised by our city health officials to take care of exposing our constituents, particularly children, to crowded places. We hope they will support and understand us for temporarily postponing the cityhood anniversary activities this year,” Olivarez said in a statement.
Hundreds of Chinese nationals are presently working at the world-class Entertainment City along Coastal Road and living in Parañaque, in relation to the presence of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators or POGOs.
City health officials disclosed they are implementing the protocol of the Department of Health on dealing with NCoV. They are also watching closely the Chinese nationals and POGOs in three barangays in the city.
Public Information Office chief Mar Jimenez disclosed that only the unveiling of the 2019 National Anti-Drug Abuse Council Performance Marker and the blessing of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office Command Center will push through this Monday.
Jimenez also said the blessing of the Ospital ng Paranaque 2 building in Barangay Don Bosco will continue on Wednesday. He advised invited guests and officials to bring face masks and alcohol during the program.
As scheduled, the distribution of the College Educational Financial Assistance to some 900 scholars was held last Saturday at the city sports complex at the back of the city hall.
Malacañang has declared Feb. 13, Thursday, as a non-working holiday in Parañaque, which is celebrating its 22nd cityhood anniversary.
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