Due to 2019 nCoV

February 05, 2020

DND backs brief PMA closure

DEPARTMENT of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana supported the decision of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to temporarily close its grounds to visitors and outsiders in light of the 2019-nCoV situation.

In a statement released by Secretary Lorenzana Tuesday afternoon, he said that the move will serve as a protection to the safety of cadets inside the academy against the deadly virus.

“We deem it prudent to avoid situations where the health and safety of our cadets, PMA alumni, and their families are put at risk, “ Lorenzana said.

The decision to temporary close the PMA grounds to visitors and outsiders came as Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong imposed a mandatory city-wide lockdown for tourists and visitors.

With this, the 2020 PMA Homecoming on February 15 might also be moved unless the mayor will reverse his decision. “Unless the city mayor reverses his decision before February 14, then I suggest that the PMA Homecoming be moved to a more auspicious date in the future,” Lorenzana said.

Earlier, the Local Government of Baguio City also cancelled the celebration of Panagbenga festival to avoid possible spread of the deadly novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease.