DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 8 (PIA) -- The city government of Dumaguete and the Filipino-Chinese group have cancelled all events for this year’s Chinese New Year celebration.
The cancellation of some Chinese cultural activities is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Omnibus Guidelines.
Unlike in the previous years, the Chinese New Year celebrations on Feb. 12 will be modest but still promises to be meaningful for the Filipino-Chinese community and the city.
In Friday’s meeting called for by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, chairperson of the city IATF, the representative of the Filipino-Chinese community, Danford Sy, said most of the public events related to the celebration will be called off.
The activities in the New Year celebration include the cultural show and the traditional dragon dance.
The use of firecracker and pyrotechnic devices are prohibited to ensure the safety of the public.
However, Sy informed the mayor, City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah Talla, and Police Lt. Col. Judy Mar Bonilla of the Philippine National Police in the city that the gatherings will only be limited to members of the same households.
Remollo has lauded the Filipino-Chinese community for cooperating with the authorities so that the Chinese holiday will be celebrated safely and in accordance to health protocols. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)