March 5, 2024

Secondary and elementary school athletes will have to wait for further notice for the new schedule of the Cordillera  Administrative Region Athletic Association Meet 2020 supposedly set March 22 in Baguio City after it was postponed anew due to the threat of the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19).
In a memorandum, the Department of Education Task Force Covid-19 directed all DepEd officials, personnel, and staff at the central, regional, and division offices and schools nationwide to ensure heightened precautions, in light of the developments nationwide relative to the Covid-19.
The memorandum states all regional activities involving learners and/or teachers requiring travel and congregation of various schools and/or division, including regional athletic meets such as the Caraa Meet are suspended effective upon the issuance of the memorandum and until further notice.
This year’s host, Baguio City through its inter-agency task force also announced the suspension of the Caraa Meet 2020 along with the cancellation of the Baguio Flower Festival grand parades due to the health emergency. 
DepEd-Cordillera Information Officer Georaloy Palao-ay said the Caraa regional executive committee is monitoring the situation and will decide for the rescheduling of the annual regional sports meet, which prepares young athletes for the Palarong Pambansa. 
He said they will also discuss on other upcoming DepEd events such as the moving up and graduation ceremonies.
“We are urging our school heads together with their stakeholders such as their parents and LGUs to implement precautions. The school heads are allowed to use their maintenance and other operating expenses budget to purchase necessary instruments or needs to combat the Covid-19 transmission,” Palao-ay said.
“We also urge our stakeholders to rely on relevant sources such as the Department of Health and not spread misinformation,” he said.
With the theme: “Stronger and bolder, soaring high together”, the Caraa Meet 2020 will gather close to 7,000 athletes and coaches from all over the region. – Ofelia C. Empian