Despite COVID-19 threat, Negros to push through with Panaad fest

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Despite the threat from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Negros Occidental is not canceling or even postponing its Panaad Festival this April.

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson led the launching of the festival Tuesday, with the theme “The Future is Now.”

“As far as we know, for now, there is no local transmission, so let us have a positive mindset that this celebration will happen,” Lacson said.

The Panaad sa Negros is scheduled on April 20 to 26, at the Panaad Park and Stadium (

But Lacson said he will not hesitate to cancel the event if the situation calls for it.

Earlier, Philippine health officials sought the cancellation of major events to avoid the spread of the virus.

The Panaad sa Negros Festival 2020 will showcase the best of the 32 localities in the province.

Also, Lacson said the ongoing rehabilitation of the Panaad Stadium for the hosting of the 2021 Palarong Pambansa will not subdue the celebration.

With Lacson during the launching were Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer and other provincial government officials.

Colonel Romeo Baleros, Negros Occidental Police Provincial director, said around 1,000 policemen will be tapped to ensure peace and order during the festivities.

Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the Army’s 303rd Brigade, said reservists will also augment the police.