NEXT week’s Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming in Baguio City has been postponed due to the threat of the novel coronavirus.
In a statement, the PMA Alumni Association said the homecoming will be held for one day only on Feb. 22 from the two-day schedule of Feb. 14 and 15.
“This is (in) deference to health and public safety concerns,” the PMAAAI said, adding the decision was reached by PMA board on Wednesday night during a meeting with PMA superintendent Vice Adm. Allan Cusi and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
Magalong and Cusi are members of the PMA class 1982 and 1986, respectively. The PMAAAI is chaired by Rufo de Veyra of the PMA class 1970.
“Alumni classes especially Jubilarians caught in these late-breaking developments are advised to exercise their best judgments on how to proceed with their individual class events in sync with the new date,” the association said.
It said Magalong has already made coordination with hotels and restaurants to allow PMA alumni to rebook their reservations.
“Cavalier-members who have prior reservations are advised to call their respective hotel, and request for a rebooking. There will be no surcharge or fee,” the PMAAAI said.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (of PMA class 1973) and DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano (of PMA class 1983) have recommended the postponement of the annual event at the PMA grounds in Baguio City due to the threat of the virus.
The homecoming is usually attended by thousands of PMA graduates, including top military and defense officials.