The PNP advised couples celebrating Valentine’s Day to refrain from doing PDA.
PNP — The Philippine National Police advised couples celebrating this year’s Valentine’s Day to refrain from doing PDA (Public Display of Affection).
This, as engaging in PDA may contribute to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Rhoderick Augustus Alba said that the PNP acknowledged the very essence of this year’s Valentine’s Day as a celebration of love, but the PNP reminded the public to take care of themselves and to consider the safety of others.
“Also, let us refrain from doing Public Display of Affection so we can set a good example to others, especially that that part of the protocol is to wear face masks,” Alba said.
Alba’s statement came as a number of couples were expected to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day as early as February 13 to February 14. Part of the celebration was to go on a date that include dining and going to popular places.
Alba also said that the PNP reminded the public to avoid crowding or gathering in public areas and urged the public to continue to adhere to the minimum public health standards because the threat of COVID-19 was still very much felt.
He reminded couples to be wary of criminal elements that may prey on them as they celebrated this year’s Valentine’s Day.
According to Alba, criminal elements that include snatchers and robbers were just lurking in different areas, waiting for the opportunity to strike.
“On Valentine’s Day, let us show that love to our fellow countrymen by contributing towards a healthy and safe living,” Alba said.