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Davao de Oro, Tagum cancel major festival activities due to COVID

February 13, 2020 - Thursday 6:02 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY — Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy has announced the cancellation of the activities lined up for the 22nd Araw ng Davao de Oro on March 7 and 8, 2020 due to the threats posed by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, Uy said all activities and celebrations intended for this year’s founding anniversary will be merged instead with the Bulawan Festival in the last quarter of 2020.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the activities lined up for the 22nd Araw ng Davao de Oro (Founding Anniversary) on March 7-8, 2020 due to the threats posed by 2019 Novel Coronavirus,” he said.

Uy cited the guideline issued earlier of the Department of Health (DOH) which advises the people to avoid crowded places to protect their health.

“As much as we want to proceed with the scheduled activities, we cannot risk your health, safety, and well being. All these remain as our utmost priority,” he said.

Davao de Oro Information Officer Fe Maestre told MDM that the events of the 22nd Araw ng Davao de Oro that will be canceled are the motorcade, foundation day program, women’s day celebration, concerts, and fireworks.

The eucharistic celebration will also be canceled.

In Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Mayor Allan Rellon also announced on Wednesday that some major events related to the 22nd Araw ng Tagum and the Musikahan sa Tagum Festival celebrations scheduled on March 7 and 8 have been canceled.

In a statement, Rellon said the decision to cancel the events is “anchored on the government’s pro-active measure amidst the situation brought by the COVID-19 that health authorities around the world are trying to avert.”

“The LGU assures that it is on top of the situation and is closely coordinating with the DOH and Davao Regional Medical Center in case of a public emergency,” he said.

The canceled events for Araw ng Tagum include the grand chorale showcase, civic and military parade, and Awitang Tagumpay.

All Musikahan events are also canceled except Himig Handog and the Ronda Awit competitions.

Other activities such as the Barangay Musikahan and the Mutya ng Tagum are postponed for further notice.

“Inasmuch as we would want these events to proceed as scheduled, we cannot risk your health and well-being, which sets the premise of this major decision,” Rellon said.