The city government of Kidapawan finally canceled the holding of two activities supposedly in relation to the 22nd Charter Day celebration of the city due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Mayor Joseph Evangelista approved the joint recommendation of the City Tourism Office, Department of Education (DepEd) Kidapawan City Schools Division, and City Health Office not to push through with the Drum and Lyre Competition and Thematic Costume Parade scheduled on March 14.
This was after President Rodrigo Duterte issued a proclamation declaring a national health emergency due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Earlier, the city government said it would push through with the competition and the parade.
“The City Government cannot afford to expose participating schools and learners to the hazards of COVID-19 as precautionary measure for all, hence, the added reason for the approval of the joint recommendation,” the city government said.
It said the cash prizes allocated for the events will be distributed equally to all participating entries, and the manner of distribution will be tackled during a meeting between the City Tourism Office and the participating contingents.
The local government urged the public to follow the health advisories issued by the national government to ensure the prevention and containment of COVID-19.