Fear of COVID-19 prods mayor to close all schools in Navotas

March 07, 2020

NAVOTAS City Mayor Toby Tiangco yesterday called on the Department of Education to automatically pass all students this school year after two new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country was confirmed.

Although he said there are no  cases in Navotas, the mayor suspended classes starting March 9 at all levels, both public and private.

The City Health Office has confirmed that there are no persons under monitoring or investigation for COVID-19 in Navotas.

“Our city remains COVID-19-free. We do not have any cases of such disease. However, we must enforce preventive measures to keep our people safe,” Tiangco said.

“The Department of Health yesterday released an update stating we now have two new confirmed cases of COVID19 and both are Filipino. The virus can be spread easily, especially in crowded places like schools,” he said.

“In light of this, I urge DepEd to automatically grant passing grades to all students so they do not have to attend classes anymore. We must take all necessary precautions to protect our people, especially our children, from this disease,” he added.

Tiangco said there is an urgent need to implement proactive measures to help prevent transmission of COVID19.

He also reminded the public to make it a habit to wash hands thoroughly, observe proper cough etiquette, and avoid crowded areas.

“Take good care of yourself and always practice good hygiene and healthy lifestyle,” he said.