According to DILG Spokesperson Undersecretary jonathan Malaya, a mass gathering may include rallies, church gatherings, sports events, concerts, among others.
“We wish to reiterate that any kind of mass gathering during a global pandemic, whether rallies, church gatherings, sports events, concerts, etc. all represent a high risk of COVID transmission,” Malaya said.
“This is not and will never be unique to rallies. Thus, upon the advice of the Department of Health, the IATF issued Resolution No. 57 prohibiting any form of mass gathering as a measure against the further spread of COVID-19,” he added.
“Therefore, upon the advice of the medical community, we strongly urge the public to avoid mass gatherings of any kind at this time due to the high risk of COVID transmission,” he furthered.
Malaya said public gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic must be subject to “reasonable regulation” by the authorities.
“While we agree that the public has the right to peacefully assemble for the redress of grievances, we are in the middle of a global pandemic, and such assemblies are subject to reasonable regulation of the authorities to protect public health and the general welfare,” he explained, appealing to rally organizers to always put a premium on public health.
“We appeal to the rally organizers not to compromise the health and welfare of the people. We ask them not to be blind to the scientific evidence that mass gatherings are the fastest way for the virus to spread among their ranks which can then infect their families and ultimately their communities,” Malaya said.
“We urge them to be responsible Filipino citizens and do their part in defeating this global pandemic. We ask them to be part of the solution and not the problem,” he added. (PIA NCR)
By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan