THE Department of the Interior and Local Government on Sunday, May 23, urged Filipino Muslims to observe Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan) in the comfort of their homes as the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continues to pose a threat to public health.
“To ensure the safety of your families and communities, the government enjoins that Eid prayers and festivity be observed in your homes to prevent mass gatherings as our fight against COVID-19 continues,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in an advisory to local government units (LGUs), including the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
“May you continue to practice discipline which is an important virtue in observing quarantine protocols and safety health measures for common good,” he added.
He said the advisory applies to all LGUs whether under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), modified ECQ, or general community quarantine (GCQ).
“Prevention is always better than cure but yet there is no proven cure and vaccine of COVID-19 as of now. Kaya sa ngayon, konting sakripisyo’t disiplina pa po para sa kaligtasan ng nakararami. Sa ating kanya-kanyang tahanan po muna tayo magsagawa ng ating simpleng pagdiriwang,” he said.
Earlier, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Debold Sinas said that all forms of mass gathering are not allowed in observance of Eid’l Fitr.
He said he has coordinated with Muslim leaders who have vowed strict compliance to the quarantine protocols among their members during celebration.
Sinas, who is himself facing charges of violating the prohibition on mass gatherings, said mosques should remain closed during the holiday.
The Eid’l Fitr is observed on Sunday, May 24, in line with the advice of local and global Islamic scholars based on moon sighting activity.
However, May 25 is the Eid’l Fitr regular holiday throughout the country based on Proclamation No. 944. (SunStar Philippines)