PMA holds alumni homecoming with limited crowd due to coronavirus fears

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FORT DEL PILAR, BAGUIO CITY (CNN Philippines, February 22) — The alumni homecoming celebration of the Philippine Military Academy this year proceeded but with fewer attendees than usual due to imposed precautionary measures over the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The PMA event on Saturday was closed to the public and the parents of cadets. Captain Cheryl Tindog, PMA Public Affairs Office chief, said only the PMA alumni association and their family members, PMA personnel and official documenters attended.

“We are doing the best we can para hindi tayo masyadong maapektuhan [so we will not be affected]. We are trying to protect the health and welfare of the cadets and the public," Tindog told reporters.

She also noted that there were fewer who attended from the alumni association.

The alumni homecoming was also originally scheduled from February 14 to 15 but it was postponed due to safety concerns over the virus threat.

Before the homecoming, the academy advised that all attendees will be subjected to thermal screening and any one found to have a temperature of 37.6 degree celsius and above will not be allowed to enter. Those who have travel history to China, Macau, and Hong Kong in the last 14 days and persons with respiratory symptoms like cough and colds will also be denied entry.

This year’s alumni homecoming guest speaker was Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific President retired vice admiral Eduardo Santos. Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan and Senator Panfilo Lacson, from the PMA class of 1971 , were also among the 12 cavalier awardees for 2020.