The city government of Iligan is planning to shorten its curfew hours to make way for the Simbang Gabi or dawn masses during the Christmas season.
City Mayor Celso Regencia said during the recent City Peace and Order Council meeting that he will issue an executive order to amend the curfew hours to ’10:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.’ from the previous ’10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.’
“Bisan pa man og nia ta sa katalagman ato gihapon saulogon ang pagkatawo sa atong manunubos,” he explained.
(Even though we are in a pandemic, we will still celebrate the birth of our Redeemer.)
He however emphasized that the adjusted curfew will only be observed this December to allow residents to attend the traditional Simbang Gabi, and that health protocols to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be strictly implemented.
Regencia also recommended the scheduling of more Simbang Gabi masses to accommodate more people and still observe physical distancing.
“Damihan ang misa, mag interval ng 30 minutes para hindi magsalubong ang mga lalabas at papasok ng simbahan,” he added.
(Schedule more mass with 30 minutes intervals so that those coming in and out of the church do not meet.)
The mayor further reminded that minors will not be allowed to join the dawn masses. (APB/PIA-ICIC)