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This Week in Palawan (November 14 to 20, 2021)

Learn what’s happening in Palawan this week!

By: Mira Maestrecampo | November 14, 2021
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Palawan is gradually opening its doors to tourists and foreigners since travel protocols are slowly becoming lenient, as the holiday season is also fast approaching. The health and government sector encourages vaccination for the students in preparation for the resumption of face-to-face classes once most of the student population becomes inoculated. Shopping malls are also preparing to welcome shoppers with the holiday vibe as they decorate the shopping mall’s premises with Christmas ornaments.

Travel Updates: Foreigners, tourists, encouraged to have a vacation in Palawan.

Foreign tourists are now welcome to go to Palawan destinations such as San Vicente, El Nido, and Coron since the requirement of a swab test result is now waived.

Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez expresses his favor of easing travel restrictions, most notably for foreign tourists visiting famous Palawan destinations. Less strict travel policies are now applied by doing away with the mandatory quarantine and not complying with an RT-PCR test result.

Allowing vaccinated tourists to come and visit Palawan without the RT-PCR negative test result requirement will encourage them more to travel and visit since Alvarez expressed his thoughts that the expensive RT-PCR discourages tourists from visiting the province. Eliminating the RT-PCR test requirement shall allow visitors to travel to the area more often.

Alvarez also said that tourists would eventually come back slowly since they will also take the time to adjust to the less restricted travel protocols.

Further updates and announcements will be worked out with airline companies and other related establishments. Alvarez also said that the best strategy is to vaccinate almost 80% of the population, just like how Manila did, and by then, Palawan would have the chance to boost the tourism industry. [1]

Health and Education Updates: Face to face classes to resume, vaccination drives for students pushed

The Palawan State University has been granted the certificate of authority by the Commission on Higher Education to reopen limited face-to-face classes for nursing courses and midwifery programs for the academic year 2021-2022. [2]

Last October, CHED launched its nationwide vaccination caravan, PADYAK para sa Kalusugan, which aims to inoculate tertiary students, and the vaccination centers shall be on respective school campuses. This vaccination initiative is to prepare the youth for the anticipated reopening of the face-to-face classes.

CHED Chairperson Prof. J. Prospero de Vera III said that universities, local government units, and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) have agreed that safety protocols would still be observed once the face-to-face classes resume. There would also be a retrofitting of facilities. All of these are to be mutually agreed upon by the involved sectors.

De Vera also mentioned that the IATF requires the students to be vaccinated before attending the face-to-face classes. Students who do not want to get vaccinated can continue with their online classes. [3]

Holiday Updates: SM City Puerto Princesa lights up shopping mall premises for upcoming Christmas

SM City Puerto Princesa begins to welcome guests with the 30-foot flamboyant Christmas tree standing at the center of the shopping mall’s ground floor. Maidja Saliente, the shopping mall’s manager, spearheaded the Christmas tree lighting of the Christmas, along with other mall employees, with observance of the health and safety protocols.

The yearly Bears of Joy initiated by the famous shopping mall will be launched starting November 12 and will continue to bring smiles to the people despite the struggles of the pandemic. [4]

Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Palawan!

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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About Mira Maestrecampo
Mira - with a long surname - is a girl who dreams of becoming a news anchor someday, in God's perfect time. She loves to read books and eat different kinds of cheesy or saucy food. A coffee addict and a dog lover, she loves long hugs, hot coffee on an afternoon break with friends, or simply sleeping all day with her stuffed unicorns.
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