5 schools to host out-of-town contingents

FIVE Cebu City public schools will house at least 16 out-of-town Sinulog contingents starting Tuesday, but city officials assured classes will not be disrupted during their stay.

City Hall will start setting up makeshift kitchens, bathrooms, portable comfort rooms and communication centers to ensure the comfort of the visitors while they are here, City Councilor Gerardo Carillo said yesterday.

They expect some of the contingents to arrive on Tuesday, with some of them staying until a day or two after the Sinulog grand parade on Jan. 18.

“Classes will not be disrupted and school activities will proceed as usual. We just designated some rooms and areas in the campuses that the contingents can occupy. Principals have already been briefed on the minor changes,” Carillo told Sun.Star Cebu.

No excuses

Carillo, chairman of the City Council committee on education, also reminded officials of public schools that have Sinulog contingents that students should practice only after class hours and on weekends.

“The teachers and principals already know what to do. The students cannot be excused from classes because of Sinulog dance practice,” he said.

Starting this Tuesday, Regino Mercado Elementary School, Abellana National School, Zapatera Elementary School, Cebu City Central School and Labangon Elementary School will accommodate out-of-town contingents.

The schools were chosen because of their proximity to the Cebu City Sports Center, where the contingents will rehearse every day.

Among the contingents expected to arrive from other provinces are Tangub City, Sta. Catalina in Oriental Negros, Himalalod Festival in Oriental Negros, Borongan in Samar, Sultan Kudarat, San Carlos City and Marikina City. (LCR/Sun.Star Cebu)

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