PMA alumni homecoming postponed

THE Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Inc. (PMAAI) has postponed the PMA Alumni Homecoming to February 22 over concerns on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

In a statement, the association said the annual event was scheduled for February 15 but has been moved to February 22.

“This is in deference to health and public safety concerns regarding nCoV. The decision was reached with the help of Baguio City Mayor, Cavalier Benjie Magalong '82, and PMA Superintendent, VADM Allan Cusi '86, making the 2-day event into one,” it said.

“Alumni classes especially Jubilarians caught in this late-breaking developments are advised to exercise their best judgments on how to proceed with their individual Class events in sync with the new date,” it added.

The group said Magalong will coordinate with the Hotels and Restaurants Association of Baguio on the rescheduling and rebooking of the accommodations earlier made by the PMA alumni without additional fee.

Earlier, the PMA administration ordered the temporary closure of the academy to visitors and outsiders because of the 2019-nCoV threat.

It was made in order to avoid situations where the health and safety of the cadets, PMA alumni and their families would be compromised.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health confirmed a third 2019-nCoV case in the country. One patient, a Chinese man from Wuhan, has died of pneumonia caused by the virus. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo/SunStar Philippines)