CAMIGUIN, Feb. 26 (PIA)--Amid the threat of Corona Virus Disease (COVID)-19 spreading internationally, Camiguin's Panaad 2020 will still push through, April 5-12.
"Fiestas, reunions, kasal, and others okay ra gyud diri sa Camiguin kay I am sure we are always healthy and safe from this NCoV outbreak. Atong Panaad 2020 padayon, wala'y problema," Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said during the First Quarter Joint Meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC), Provincial Task Force for NCoV (PTF-NCoV), Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), and Provincial Task Force for Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC), February 24 at Camiguin Convention Center, here.
As for the preparations for Panaad 2020, Provincial Tourism Officer Candice Borromeo-Dael said they have already identified the churches which will be decorated and lighted in partnership with the province's parish priests.
"There will be a province-wide 14 stations of the cross and these stations, kaning mga cross around Camiguin, mura siya'g aduna'y artwork; outdoor artwork, so gapangitaon ni every year. Karon nag-improve siya, mas artistic and mas makaengganyo lugar gyud sa atong mga panaad," Borromeo added.
(these crosses around Camiguin are like artworks; outdoor artwork, thus, they are sought after every year. Now, these have been improved as well as they are artistically made and are more appealing to devotees)
The tourism officer added that a lot of devotees continue to visit the island since the holy statues used in processions province-wide are really antique which are not usually seen in other places.
Furthermore, 'Visita Iglesia' (seven churches visitation) will still be observed around Mambajao.
In terms of tourist influx, Borromer said there is only a very slight decrease in Camiguin since foreign or international tourism only makes up 3 percent of the total tourist arrivals here and the major contributor of such still comes from local or domestic tourism.
"Sa gusto nato ug dili, Holy Week gyud na siya. Bisan pa'g dili ta magpasulod ug turista, pero ang Camiguingnon will always foster Holy Week. Kay wala man ta'y sakit (COVID-19). Sa atong pantalan, istrikto man kaayo sa ato sa Mahinog, istrikto kaayo ta sa Balbagon, sa Guinsiliban istrikto," Romualdo said.
(Whether we like it or not, it is really Holy Week. Even if we do not allow entry of tourists, Camiguingnons will always foster Holy Week. We also do not have the illness (COVID-19). In our ports, we are very strict in Mahinog, Balbagon and even in Guinsiliban)
The governor also urges the residents of the island to continuously help the local government as the latter enforces preventive measures against COVID-19. (RTP/PIA10)