The Department of Education (DepEd) has confirmed through its Facebook Page that the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC), National Festival of Talents (NFOT) and National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) will push through on March.
Both NSPC and NFOT will take place on March 9-13 while the NSTF will be on March 2-6.
The earlier postponement of the activities was ordered by the education department due to the health scare by the novel coronavirus which originally started and spread in Wuhan City, China.
NSPC and NFOT were originally slated to happen on February 17-21 at Tuguegarao City, Cagayan and Ilagan City, Isabela respectively.
Thousands of students are expected to travel to the region for the activities and promises to help boost tourism for the economic growth of the two provinces.
Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano however is yet to release another order under his office for the suspension of classes in the city.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones is expected to grace the opening ceremony of NSPC which will be joined by student journalists competing for their own regions.
A parade from Rizal’s Park beside St. Peter’s Cathedral to Cagayan Sports Complex is expected to kickstart the event on March 9.
Soriano earlier asked the tricycle drivers in Tuguegarao City to act as tourism officers and follow the fare matrix set by the local government unit when the guests arrives.
Furthermore, the Provincial Government of Cagayan through Governor Manuel Mamba donated P2million pesos for the preparation of Tuguegarao City for the hosting of the event.
The competitors will be billeted on different schools in the city and will stay there until the event is finished.
Even before the postponement of the national events, DepEd Region 2 Director Estela Cariño announced that the preparation has reach 90% and should be completed before the participants arrives.
Tuguegarao City Chief-of-Police Lieutenant Colonel George Cablarda said that security measures have already been planned to maintain peace and order during the week-long event.
Police officers will be stationed at the schools to the help security guards in their shift, said Cablarda.