By Rey Anthony Chiu, PIA-Bohol | 10:45 AM April 25, 2021
As a measure to get in control of the resurging cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Tubigon town, Mayor William Jao, upon recommendation of the Municipal Inter Agency Task Force (MIATF) issues a memorandum temporarily suspending events that draw mass gatherings, and by such, recommends the cancellation of such events until further notice.
The move has drawn appreciation from the public as this is the first local government unit which has pushed for the measure especially during the stretch towards the filing of candidacy in the upcoming election.
When most politicians would rather risk their communities’ health and security to gather in the guise of physically distributing assistance and “meet and greet,” Tubigon MIATF and local officials see their constituents’ safety first amidst the pandemic.
In his unnumbered memorandum dated April 23, Mayor Jao lists such suspended activities as close contact sports, be they public or privately organized, Zumba activities, fiesta activities, graduation rites, religious activities, birthday parties, trainings and seminars and all other mass gatherings.
Moreover, upon the MIATF recommendations, Tubigon also reminded barangay chief executives to restrict gambling activities in the likes of mahjong, card games, among others.
In a succeeding memorandum issued the same day, the mayor clarified that suspension of religious activities does not mean the suspension of masses in the parishes, but these gatherings must follow the strict observance of the minimum health protocols as set by the interim guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency task Force on the management of emerging infectious diseases.
Tubigon town has three parishes where the masses can still continue: Saint Isidore the Farmer Parish in Poblacion, Holy Cross parish in Cawayanan and Saint John of the Cross Parish in Cahayag.
However, the MIATF here recommends the temporary suspension of religious activities like Barangay Fiesta Masses when there will be no masses to be celebrated in the barangay during the fiesta,
novenas that bring along the fiesta celebration and the schedule of monthly barangay masses at the main chapels.
With the fiesta month approaching, the memorandum is set to further minimize the risk of contracting Covid-19 virus, and direct barangay executives to spread the information and avoid crowded places and to continue to practice self-protection measures by strictly implementing minimum health standards. (rahchiu/PIA-7/Bohol)