Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has called on Church leaders to come up with plans on how to celebrate upcoming religious traditions such as Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo and Traslacion amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

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Domagoso requested that the upcoming religious events be celebrated in a “conservative” manner to prevent a spike in COVID-19 infections in the city. 

“Let me take this opportunity para manawagan sa mga leader sa simbahan (to call on church leaders) to come up with a plan among themselves on how we are going to practice the tradition of Simbang Gabi,” he told reporters on Monday. 

“Kami naman ay handang makipag-ugnayan sa kanila. Basta ang lagi kong request (We are ready to coordinate with them. But my constant request is), there is no perfect formula. But being conservative in some vocations and situations gives us better things,” he said. 

“We just want to be ahead because there are things that we cannot control but pwede naman maiwasan (can be prevented),” he added.

Domagoso had earlier announced that he will not allow the Traslacion to be held in January, 2021, should there be no available vaccine for COVID-19 by then.

The Manila city government was also the first among local government units in Metro Manila to announce the closing of the city’s cemeteries during All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day.

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