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Good news! The COVID-19 situation in Palawan has de-escalated!

By: Shanice Reyes | July 25, 2021
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Palawan is set to develop medical facilities and laboratories before the end of the province’s governorship in 2022. In Puerto Princesa, the COVID-19 situation has de-escalated, which led to the downgrade of the city’s quarantine status. Furthermore, the city has appointed four elementary schools for quarantine facilities.

Quarantine Updates: COVID-19 situation de-escalates in Puerto Princesa

Due to stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) implemented in Puerto Princesa, the city’s COVID-19 cases have decreased. As per the national government’s order, it led to the city’s quarantine status from MECQ to general community quarantine (GCQ).. The eased quarantine measure will take effect until the end of July [1].

According to Dr. Dean Palanca, commander of the Incident Management Team (IMT), hospital beds and quarantine facilities have lesser admissions this month. However, he reminded the public to be alert and to continue practicing minimum health standards.

Puerto Princesa appoints four schools as quarantine facilities

Four elementary schools in Puerto Princesa City will serve as quarantine facilities for residents or Returning Residents of the City who cannot pay for hotel accommodations. The schools that the ITM inspected were Pilot Elementary School, Sta. Monica Elementary School, F. Ubay Elementary School, and San Pedro Elementary School [2].

The rooms will have their bathroom, electric fan, light, and water source in each facility. More so, these facilities will be staffed by barangay patrols, barangay officials, and guards from the IMT to ensure public health protocols are followed.

Health News: Palawan plans to put up five hospitals and six laboratories

Before the end of the term of Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez, his office plans to develop five new hospitals and six molecular diagnostics laboratories in the province. Among these hospitals that will be open this year are New Northern Palawan Provincial Hospital (NPPH) in Taytay, Española District Hospital, Cuyo District Hospital, and Araceli-Dumaran District Hospital. Meanwhile, Balabac District Hospital is set to open in January 2022.

For molecular diagnostics laboratories, Engineer Purisima said that the province is still waiting for the License to Operate in Barangay Irawan. More so, the construction of other laboratories is still ongoing in El Nido, Coron, San Vicente, Taytay, in Brooke’s Point [3].

Visit Yoorekka Consumer Magazine for more guidelines in Palawan and COVID-19 updates.

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable, and the situation develops rapidly. Hence, some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.


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Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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