Suroy-Suroy in Camotes on; other social events canceled

THE Suroy-Suroy Sugbo in Camotes Island that will have 40 Taiwanese guests will push through on April 25-26, 2020 while community activities in other parts of Cebu are suspended.

Cebu Provincial Tourism Officer Maria Lester Ybañez told reporters that Capitol will hold the Suroy-Suroy Cebu as no local transmission of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has occurred in Cebu.

She said protocol has been put in place that includes providing the Taiwanese guests with their own bus.

Ybañez added they are also seeking the help of the Department of Health on health protocol for guests who come from countries affected by Covid-19.

The travel restriction between Taiwan and the Philippines has been lifted.

Other developments

  • In a meeting with 50 representatives of private schools in Cebu City Thursday night, Mayor Edgardo Labella said he will not order class suspensions but will leave them to implement precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in schools.
  • The Archdiocese of Cebu asked the faithful to refrain from kissing and touching sacred images inside churches.
  • In Mandaue City, Mayor Jonas Cortes said all events and activities related to the city’s annual fiesta this May are canceled or postponed until further notice.

He also canceled the flag ceremony every Monday starting March 16.

  • The Mandaue City Council declared a state of preparedness in a special session Thursday, March 12.
  • With the Holy Week approaching, Cortes will discuss with Auxiliary Bishop Midyphil Billones, parochial vicar of the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Joseph the Worker, possible changes in the Lenten practices.
  • In Talisay City, Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. suspended all activities including barangay and sitio fiestas.
  • In Minglanilla town, Mayor Elenito Peña canceled the Kabanhawan Festival scheduled on April 12.
  • San Francisco town in Camotes Island has canceled the Soli-Soli Festival on March 19.
  • Consolacion town suspended the Sarok Festival.
  • In Lapu-Lapu City, Mayor Junard Chan said he will only cancel the Kadaugan sa Mactan and the one-year countdown for the 500th Quincentennial celebration, which will be celebrated on April 27 if the Covid-19 crisis reaches a critical point. He said he plans to raise the matter before the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
  • The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas is suspending its operations on Friday, March 13.
  • The Cebu Police Provincial Office has ordered a “no mask, no entry” policy for people visiting its headquarters inside the Camp General Arcadio Maxilom in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
  • The Cebu City government cleaned and disinfected the 10 public markets in the city. (Pooled)