Sales added Briones has suggested thatthe end of school year rites can still be held between April 13 and 17 “wheneverything will be okay.” (With PNA/PN) Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued ThursdayExecutive Order No. 16-2020, saying it is imperative that the city governmentimplements urgent and critical measures to prevent the spread of the diseasecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “That’s why we decided to endface-to-face classroom interaction by March 20. After that, all our learnerswill be given home self-help activities. The five days from March 22 to 27 arenon-contact days, but are still counted as part of the school days,” she said. BACOLOD City –School recognition and graduation exercise in all levels of public and privateschools in this city will be suspended until further notice. “I’d like to thank the mayor forpromptly deciding on the issuance of the EO for the suspension of graduationand end of school year rites. This decision is consistent also with that of thegood (Education) Secretary Leonor Briones,” she said. For her part, City Schools DivisionSuperintendent Gladys Amylaine Sales welcomed the mayor’s decision. Sales, however, said public schoolsunder the Department of Education (DepEd) have not suspended classes since theyare almost done with all the learning competencies for the school year. Leonardia said he arrived at thedecision to suspend the graduation and moving-up ceremonies after threeconsecutive emergency meetings with city, school, and health officials onWednesday. Leonardia cited Resolution No.282-2020 approved by the City Council on Wednesday, declaring a local state ofhealth emergency, after President Rodrigo Duterte made a similar declarationall over the country, and after the World Health Organization also declared thedisease as public health emergency of international concern. According to Leonardia, the Departmentof Health strongly urges the public to avoid attending, participating in, andorganizing events that draw a huge number of attendees.