With just a few days before Christmas, Palawan prepares for the holidays by setting rules for simbang gabi (night mass) and adjusting mall hours. Other than holiday preparations, Palawan also recently celebrated the 21st anniversary of Puerto Princesa Underground River’s United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Status.
Lockdown News: Churches in Puerto Princesa set simbang gabi protocols
Puerto Princesa residents can expect changes in the traditional simbang gabi as the entire country still faces threats of COVID-19. The Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa (AVPP) announced the adjusted schedule for the simbang gabi and Misa de Gallo (Christmas eve mass). Simbang gabi will be held at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, while the Misa de Gallo will be moved to 5:00 AM. The adjustment of schedule was made due to the curfew in some places and venues.
The Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish (ICCP) also based their schedule on AVPP, and their masses will be held at 5:15 AM and 6:00 AM. Night masses will be from 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. ICCP will also only accommodate only 60% of its total capacity in order to practice proper social distancing. Other masses will also be conducted from December 16 to 24 at Mendoza Park at 5:15 AM and December 15 to 24 at 6:00 PM .
Travel News: Puerto Princesa Underground River celebrates “World Heritage” status anniversary
Despite being hit by the tourism loss due to COVID-19, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) celebrated its 21st year as a UNESCO World Heritage Site last December 4 . Due to the global health crisis, staff and management of the PPSRNP have been finding other means to earn as several of the attraction’s main features were closed for tourism.
Health News: Palawan Philhealth members can now avail up to 144 dialysis sessions
Members of Philhealth Palawan can now get up to 144 dialysis sessions; the session extension will be available until December 31 . Along with the extended sessions, members who previously paid for their hemodialysis can also request for reimbursement at their local PhilHealth office. The reimbursement can take 60 days upon receiving the request, and a requirement for filing is the receipt of previous sessions.
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