Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will consult the mayors of Cebu Province’s towns and component cities before deciding whether all cemeteries will be closed or not on November 1 and 2 for the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day celebration.
In a press conference Monday, September 14, the governor said she has to hear the inputs of all mayors first which is for the greater good of the Cebuanos.
“I need to confer with the mayors kay gi-respeto nako sila. Dili na nako madali-dali, you know, just to gain pogi points. You know how I operate. I don’t care pogi ko or dili,” she said.
By tradition, Cebuanos go to the cemeteries on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day each year to visit and offer prayers for their departed loved ones, families, relatives, friends, and neighbors.
However, concerns about this tradition have surfaced this year as large crowds in public places are still discouraged due to the Covid-19 pandemic and maintaining physical distance is still a must to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Garcia said there’s no rush to decide since the celebrations will be on November 1 and 2, 2020. Currently, the Province of Cebu remains under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) risk classification.
The local government of Cebu City, an independent chartered city, issued an executive order for the closure of all its cemeteries during the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day while the Mandaue City Government intends to follow suit. (Mylen Manto)