It is not the right time for the Inter-School Meet 2020 according to Honorable Gwendolyn “Gwen” Garcia Governor of Cebu and the Provincial School Board co-chair. Due to the coronavirus disease 2019, she is against any huge gathering of students such as the Inter-School Meet like CVIRAA 2020 and NSPC 2020.
CVIRAA 2020 – Still Not the Right Time
The Central Visayas Athletic Association (CVIRAA) was supposed to hold its inter-school sporting event last week of February. However, due to the number of coronavirus cases in the country, this was postponed. The new dates are set on March 15-21, 2020 with Dumaguete City as the host. Thousands of athletes, coaches, parents, and supporters will go in and out of the said city. Dumaguete are taking precautions as Task Force aims for a safe CVIRAA 2020 amidst COVID 19.
The head of the neighboring island of Cebu made her opposition regarding this matter. Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, now Governor of Cebu made it clear that any inter-school may risk the contact of disease from students to students. A consultation from the different mayor of Cebu will be made to finalize her decision.
I don’t think it’s really the right time,” she said.
Is it worth the risk? I shall be calling the mayors as soon as I can…next week,” she continued.
Inter-School Meet -NSPC 2020
Aside from the CVIRAA 2020, another Inter-School Meet that is scheduled for this month is the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) 2020. This is scheduled for March 9-13, 2020 in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan Valley. Cebu Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Marilyn Andales, who co-chairs the Provincial School Board, said the decision to continue with the province’s participation in the CVIRAA meet lies with the DepEd-7 regional office.
However, she said DepEd-Cebu has complied with Garcia’s suggestions during the last school board meeting on February 4 to forgo elimination meets and instead pick out the winning athletes from the previous years as delegates.
New Ways to Prevent Coronavirus Infection:
1. No handshake! Use fist-bumping, slight bowing, elbow collision, etc.
2. Use only the knuckle-touch light switch. Elevator buttons, etc. Use a tissue to lift the gasoline dispenser or use disposable gloves.
3. Open the door with a clenched fist or hip – Do not grasp the handle with your hand unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important in bathrooms and post offices/commercial doors.
4. Use disinfectant wipes when available in stores, including wiping the handles and child seats in the shopping cart.
5. Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds, and/or use more than 60% alcohol or hand sanitizer every time you go home with any activity that involves a place that other people have been.
6. A bottle of disinfectant is provided at each entrance. Use in your car after you get petrol or touch other contaminated objects when you can’t wash your hands right away.
7. If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Only use elbows when needed. The elbows of the clothes will contain infectious viruses that can spread for a week or more!