THE Department of Education (DepEd) is postponing this year’s Palarong Pambansa due to the novel corona virus.
Education secretary Leonor Briones made the announcement during a Senate inquiry on Wednesday in relation to the threat of the 2019-nCov.
Briones said DepEd is postponing the Palaro as well as similar education-related events where a large number of people are attending.
“If you take Palaro, you take 30,000 learners as well as parents and grandparents attending. And we have been advised to take care with exposing our children to public places. So right now, the policy is temporary postponement of all these activities,” said Briones as quoted by CNN Philippines.
Marikina was supposed to host this year’s Palaro, moved to Metro Manila from Mindoro, which begged off from the hosting duties after being hit by typhoon Tisoy.
It is still not clear if the Palarong Pambansa, usually held in April, will push through this year.