MANILA, Philippines – The much anticipated nationwide shopping sale during the entire month of March has been postponed. The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced this on Saturday, Feb. 29, citing the looming COVID-19 threat. No new schedule for the 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival has been announced yet.
DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that the department is prioritizing the safety and health of the general public. “As much as we want to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19, the safety of our citizens remains our priority. We advise the general public to maintain proper hygiene and follow the guidelines set by the Department of Health to contain the spread of the virus,” the secretary said.
“The DOT has coordinated with the mall establishments and is thankful for their support on the decision to postpone the nationwide sale to a later date for the safety of their customers. The malls are still free to continue its day to day operations. The DOT also recommends that malls follow the precautionary measures set by the Department of Health (DOH) such as checking the temperatures of mall-goers before allowing them to enter and the provision of more hand sanitizers in their premises,” she added.