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This Week in Palawan (June 22 to 28, 2020)

Palawan remains under modified general community quarantine until June 30.

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | June 22, 2020
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Palawan and Puerto Princesa will remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) from June 16 to 30. With this lower quarantine status, air travel in the entire province resumes, but rules and regulations will be applied for the safety of residents. Besides air travel protocols, the safety of consumers is also one of the major concerns in the province. The management of SM City Puerto Princesa denied the rumors that one of their staff tested positive for COVID-19. Paleco also prioritized the health of their customers by implementing a mobile collection system that will lessen lines and promote physical distancing. Read on for lockdown news and more.

Quarantine Updates: Negros Occidental extends MGCQ until end of June

Palawan and Puerto Princesa City will remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) from June 16 to 30. When it comes to quarantine restrictions, the local government of Puerto Princesa announced that they will not be releasing new guidelines other than the amended ordinance signed by Mayor Lucilo Bayron. According to the new ordinance, the start of the curfew is moved to 12:00 AM from the previous 10:00 PM. Senior citizens and individuals under 21 years old are still not allowed to go out.

Along with the relaxed curfew hours, the ordinance also allows public consumption of liquors in commercial establishments such as bars, restaurants, and hotels in Puerto Princesa. Drinking in beaches, however, is still prohibited. Meanwhile residents in the rest of Palawan are not allowed to drink liquor in public and commercial establishments [1].

Travel News

Commercial flights started operations at the PPIA

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced the schedule and protocols of modified commercial flights as they approved the resumption of flight operations at the Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPIA) [2].

Cebu Pacific’s the initial schedule of flights began last June 15, and the airline will be conducting flights every Monday and Friday. Philippine Airlines and AirAsia have yet to announce their schedules, but they are expected to use the 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM slot. According to CAAP, each of the three airlines may schedule only one flight per day and they will be prioritizing inbound passengers.

The domestic flights will only cater to returning stranded Palawan residents, approved persons outside of residence (APOR), overseas Filipino workers (OFW), and individuals invited by the Palawan LGU [3]. Passengers who will avail the flights are reminded to coordinate with the city and provincial government since the airlines will be asking for requirements for travel before they can book the flight. CAAP-Puerto Princesa City spokesperson Madel Espartero also said that requirements for past sweeper flights will be the same for the modified commercial flights.

Safety measures will also be strictly enforced during and after the flights. Espartero said that airlines will only let passengers occupy a limited number of seats in order to observe social distancing. Passengers would also be subjected to mandatory testing and quarantine procedures before they return to their homes.

Health certificate required for departing individuals in Balabac

Authorities in Balabac remind the public that a health certificate is a requirement for those who are planning to travel to Bililuyan, Riotuba, or Puerto Princesa through ferry vessels. Inter-Agency Task Force Balabac Vice-Chairman Mitra Tanjilani said that the certificate can be obtained from the municipal health office. He also mentioned that the medical certificates are required since they can be used for contact tracing [4]. In addition, minimum health standards such as physical disrancing and mandatory wearing of face masks will also be implemented in departures.

Shopping News: SM Store Puerto Princesa assures their employees are COVID-free

The SM Store management released a statement regarding rumors that one employee in SM City Puerto Princesa tested positive for COVID-19. In their Facebook post last June 12, SM assured shoppers that they conducted voluntary rapid testing for all employees and agency frontliners. The mall didn’t receive reports from the Department of Health (DOH) regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases that are related to the alleged positive personnel. The management also asked consumers to avoid engaging in the circulating rumors in social media. Previously, DOH also said that rapid testing is not an accurate detector of COVID-19 and that only the RT-PCR laboratory testings can only provide highly accurate positive cases.

Payment News: PALECO starts mobile collection

Last June 15, the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) launched a mobile collection program to let their customers pay their bills without going to payment centers. The schedule for the mobile collection will be posted at PALECO’s website. Three barangays will be visited per day from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The mobile collection will consist of tellers who will handle receipts, bill inquiries, and complaints [6]. A member services department will also be present to provide information about fluctuations, brownouts, and new policies that will be implemented.

Go to Yoorekka for more COVID-19 updates in Palawan.

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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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