MANILA--The PSC has officially canceled the holding of Batang Pinoy and PNG for this year due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The state-run sports body actually announced on April 20 that it is calling off all its scheduled events until December.
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But on Sunday night, the PSC made it formal through a public advisory made by PNG and Batang Pinoy project director Guillermo Iroy posted in the PSC's social media pages.
As reiterated by Iroy, the cancellation was done "in line with the directive from the President (Rodrigo Duterte) to support and cooperate in the government's efforts to contain the spread of the virus."
He added, "With no available vaccine yet, the country takes every measure to slow down the impact of this coronavirus pandemic."
As of 4 p.m. Sunday, the country now has 10,794 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,924 of which have already recovered while 719 others died.
Manila was supposed to host the PNG and the national finals of Batang Pinoy this year. As of 6 a.m. Sunday, it has the second most number of cases in Metro Manila with 876, just below Quezon City, which has 1,168.
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