Paraw Regatta postponed

first_imgThe paraw is a small boat with two stabilizers and was widely usedfor travel and trade in the 1200s. Up to this day, it is still being used as ameans of transport as well a source of livelihood. Paraw Regatta was established nearlyhalf a century ago primarily to preserve the paraw as a significant link to the earliest period of Ilonggohistory. Paraw Regatta is a race ofwind-propelled native boats. Now on its 48th year, it is considered the oldestsailing event in Asia and the largest in the Philippines. As of Feb. 4, DOH-6recorded a total of 10 persons under investigation (PUI) for nCoV in WesternVisayas. Six of these PUIs were from Aklan, two from Negros Occidental, and twofrom Iloilo City. Mayor Jerry Treñas announced ParawRegatta’s postponement yesterday after consulting with the Department of Health(DOH) Region 6 and the Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI). A strikingly fast boat, the paraw makes 20 kph to 30 kph through thewaves.  It was the prototype that inspired Westerners to develop thetrimaran, the fastest sailboats now on the planet. “The postponement is for everyone’ssafety,” said Treñas. These men harness the power of the wind by adjusting the sails to make their paraw (sailboat) move. Their boat is one of the over 40 entries in 2018 Paraw Regatta in the Iloilo Strait between Iloilo City and the island province of Guimaras. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN DOH data showed that sevenof the 10 PUI were already discharged from the hospital while five were alreadytested negative for the 2019-nCoV. The test results of the others were yet tobe released. This is the second major local eventpostponed due to the nCoV scare. The 2019-nCoV originatedin China’s Wuhan City. There is no confirmed case yet of nCoVinfection in this city, Iloilo province and the rest of Western Visayas,according to DOH-6 yesterday. ILOILO City – The 2020 edition of theParaw Regatta Festival this Feb. 23 to March 1 has been called off overconcerns on the possible spread of the novel coronavirus scare (2019-nCoV). OnTuesday, the Department of Education Region 6announced the postponement of the 2020 Western Visayas Regional AthleticAssociation Meet in Aklan. PUIs are individuals whohave fever or respiratory infection and a history of travel to China within thelast 14 days or a history of exposure to a confirmed 2019-nCoV case. Treñas said Paraw Regatta may bestaged next month “if the situation gets better.” Those who have travelledto countries with positive 2019-nCoV cases are encouraged to coordinate withtheir local health offices and have themselves checked should they experiencefever or respiratory diseases. But according to Treñas, he decided onthe postponement because “want to protect the Ilonggo people from nCoV.” DOH-6 emphasized that itwas closely working with local government units and concerned governmentagencies to intensify case detection and surveillance as well as infectionprevention and control measures. The public is also advisedto remember “NCOV” when they hear or read information about this virus – Never share unverifiednews/articles; Check yoursources before sharing; Onlysource information from DOH official channels; and Verify news information at www.doh.gov.ph/2019-nCoV and Department of Health Western Visayas CHD facebookpage. The DOH can also bereached through its Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) Hotline No. (033)332-2575 and 332-2329 local 149./PNlast_img

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