Like last year, the traditional Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) or any religious mass gatherings outside the churches will not be allowed as confirmed by Dumaguete City Chief-of-Police Lt. Col. Ramoncelio Sawan during the meeting of the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, yesterday.
Dumaguete City is still under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Hence, in lieu of the Via Crucis, procession motorcade of not more than 10 vehicles will be allowed by the City IATF with no stopovers to prevent congregation of people.
Law enforcers will also be deployed to enforce health protocols with instructions to prevent mass gatherings in the beaches particularly on Easter Sunday.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Chairperson of the City’s IATF, will also meet with the management of SSS Dumaguete following reports that clients from Cebu and Negros Occidental are being serviced by the agency even with absence of negative RT PCR test result and Certificate of Acceptance in apparent violation of the local health protocols.
Furthermore, clients of SSS Dumaguete start queuing in front of the offices and along the street as early as 2:00 in the morning in violation of the curfew.
The SSS management will meet with the law enforcement agencies to devise a plan how to limit the number of people massing at their offices and implement the local health protocols.
It is noted that even DFA-Dumaguete requires their clients to present Certificate of Acceptance from the City IATF before they are allowed to process their documents.