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By: Mylen P. Manto | Published Saturday, March 07, 2020

Cebu’s mayors want the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) meet postponed. 

The region-wide sports meet was set to be held March 21 to 27 in Dumaguete City.

The local chief executives in the Province of Cebu asked for the postponement because of the threats of the 2019 Coronavirus acute respiratory disease (COVID-19).

This is to avoid exposing children in crowded places following the two newly confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines.

The Department of Health (DOH), in its recent advisory, confirmed that a 48-year old Filipino, who has travel history to Japan and 62-year old Filipino, who has no known history of travel outside the country were found positive of COVID-19 on March 5. This are the fourth and fifth positive cases in the Philippines.

With this, Barili Mayor Marlon Garcia, during the first quarter Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CPADAC) meeting on Friday, March 6, moved for the postponement of the CVIRAA by requesting the Department of Education (DepEd).

CVIRAA was included in the agenda of the meeting.

The motion was carried en masse by the council.

School’s Division Superintendent Dr. Marilyn Andales said she will bring the matter up with their regional director. 

The Province of Cebu will be sending 436 athletes to join the CVIRAA from different cities and municipalities.

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, who presided the meeting, cites that schools in Japan, Hongkong, and other places even suspended their classes, and big events were cancelled. 

Holding the CVIRAA at this time will risk the health and safety of the student-athletes.

San Fernando Mayor Neneth Reluya asked how DepEd would reconcile the holding of CVIRAA with DOH’s general advisory to avoid crowds or crowded places. (Mylen P. Manto)