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Churches in Cebu and Bohol adjust Holy Week celebrations amid the pandemic.

By: Shanice Reyes | March 28, 2021
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Holy Week 2021 falls on the first week of April, and churches in Cebu and Bohol prepare for the annual religious celebration with caution. In Minglanilla, an annual festival will be streamed online to avoid mass gatherings, while in Tagbilaran, Visita Iglesia will be banned. Meanwhile, discipline zones were identified in three barangays in Mandaue as part of safety protocols against COVID-19. For health news, the Cebu City government is looking into other locations for its vaccination program. Read on for news on health protocols, types of quarantine restrictions, and more happenings this week.

Quarantine Updates

Mandaue Police identifies areas in barangays under discipline mode

To ensure that health protocols are followed, Mandaue City Police Office identified “discipline zones” in specified areas in barangays. According to Police Major Zosimo Jabas, chief of the Operation and Management Unit of MCPO, these zones are areas where people are usually seen violating quarantine health and safety protocols [1].

The “discipline zones” in Mandaue are as follows: the flyover area in Barangay Maguikay, near Gaisano Capital in Barangay Casuntingan, all satellite markets in the barangays. Ordinances and executive orders issued by the government will be strictly enforced in the discipline zones, and they shall be guarded by police officers. Jabas added that barangay officials have been required to submit a resolution which will be used to identify the zones where police will deploy their personnel [1].

Health News

Cebu City eyes other vaccination site options

After disapproving the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish-Don Bosco Youth Center in Barangay Punta Princesa as a vaccination site, the city government of Cebu is looking for another site for its immunization program. The unapproved site lacks ventilation, facilities, and is considered hostile to persons with disabilities, according to Vice Mayor Michael Rama.

As another option, Councilor David Tumalak said that the local government is also eyeing to conduct the vaccination program in malls. Although several mall owners have already offered their properties, these sites must meet standards such as accessibility to traffic, ample space, water supply, and more [2].

Bohol frontliners receive COVID-19 vaccines

In the province of Bohol, about 13,000 medical workers have already received immunization against the virus as of March 24. These health workers are from public and private hospitals, rural health units, and barangay health centers. The inoculation of the medical frontliners ended last Friday, while the vaccination of the next priority sector—senior citizens—will start soon, according to Bohol Inter-Agency Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Yul Lopez [3].

Holiday News

Minglanilla’s Sugat Kabanhawan Festival will be streamed live

The annual religious-cultural event by Minglanillia town in Cebu will push through via online live streaming to avoid mass gatherings amid the pandemic. An official announcement was made by Mayor Elanito Peña last March 22, encouraging the residents to watch the Sugat Kabanhawan Festival on April 4 at their respective homes. The event will be held at the town’s sports complex and will only be limited to dancers, hosts, local government officials, directors, and other essential staff [5].

Diocese of Tagbilaran implements changes for Holy Week celebration

The traditional Holy Week masses of St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Tagbilaran City will be altered due to the ongoing pandemic in the country, according to the Diocese of Tagbilaran Chancellor Algerio Paña. Instead of nine churchgoers in each church’s pews, only three people will be allowed to take a seat. There will also be a one-entrance, one-exit police to control the crowd, Paña added. The diocese also encouraged the churchgoers to attend online masses instead of coming to church [5]. And instead of the traditional procession, a motorcade will be held. Visita Iglesia will also be prohibited.

Whether you’re looking for more information about churches near Cebu or need more updates on churches near Bohol, you can visit Yoorekka for the latest news.

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. While we are doing our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable and the situation develops rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.

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About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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