THE Provincial Government of Davao de Oro will celebrate its 23rd founding anniversary in a "simple and lowkey" manner on Monday, March 8, 2021, coinciding with the first vaccination of its healthcare frontliners in the province.
Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy said in his Facebook post on Saturday, March 6, that the province will forgo its major events to avoid mass gatherings due to the continuing threat of Covid-19 in the province.
"[T]ungod kay nagpabilin ang hulga sa Covid-19 ug anaa pa kita ilalom sa State of Public Health Emergency, mamahimong simple ug lowkey lang usa ang atong paghinumdum sa atong adlaw’ng natawhan isip usa ka probinsya," Uy said in his Facebook post.
(Since the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing in the province and we are also under a State of Public Health Emergency, the celebration of our founding anniversary will be simple and lowkey.)
The governor said the event will start with a mass. Afterward, they will welcome the arrival of the initial batches of Covid-19 vaccines in the province.
A groundbreaking ceremony of the housing project for indigenous peoples of the National Housing and Authority and Representative Manuel Zamora will also be inaugurated simultaneously.
He also dedicated the event to all medical frontliners.
"Kining simple nga paghinumdum pakig-alayon nato dinha sa atong mga health professionals nga padayong naningkamot aron mamahimong luwas ang atong komunidad sa hulga sa Covid-19 (Our simple commemoration is also dedicated to our health professionals who continue to exert their efforts to ensure that our community is free from the threats of Covid-19). We will not rest our guards until it is safe to do so," he said.
The governor also reminded the public to always observe minimum health protocol.
"Hopefully, this will be the last year nga ing-ani ang atong kahimtang. (that we will be in this kind of condition.) If things get better next year, we will have a bigger celebration ug magkita-kita na gyud tang tanan (and we will see each other)," he said.
He said all programs will be done online and will be livestreamed on the Provincial Government's social media accounts.
Malacañang declared March 8 in the province as a special non-working holiday.
This will be the second year that the province will skip its celebration rites due to the ongoing pandemic.
Major activities were put on hold in 2020 following the implementation of a community quarantine across the country. The year would have been the first time the province celebrated its founding anniversary as Davao de Oro.
Meanwhile, Department of Health Regional Director Dr. Annabelle Yumang said on Friday, March 5, during the vaccine rollout at Southern Philippines Medical Center, that healthworkers in Davao de Oro and Tagum City will be simultaneously inoculated on Monday.
Yumang said they are still getting the allocation data of other provinces.
She said the delivery and distribution of Sinovac vaccines to provinces will be through respective Provincial Health Offices where the vaccines will be stored.
At present, a total of 33,600 Sinovac vaccines have been allocated and delivered for Davao Region.