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This Week in Palawan (January 16 to 22, 2022)

RIATF junks Puerto Princesa City’s request to close its borders for domestic tourists.

By: Mira Maestrecampo | January 16, 2022
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Palawan is escalated from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3 quarantine status until January 31, due to the current surge of active COVID-19 cases.

In response, the government is avoiding a higher spike in cases by imposing stricter travel regulations, liquor ban, and curfew hours. The Regional Inter-agency Task Force (RIATF) recently denied the city’s request for a domestic travel ban.

The public is advised not to be complacent in the current situation. Whether an individual is fully vaccinated or not, everyone should still take precautions and follow the health and safety protocols advised by the government and health sector.

Quarantine and Lockdown Updates: Puerto Princesa City declares curfew hours and travel ban

The Puerto Princesa Palawan City Inter-Agency Task Force has recently requested a temporary travel ban on domestic passengers and returning residents entering the city. Yap said that the travel ban covers all incoming travelers, including returning residents and domestic tourists. The city hopes to execute the travel ban until January 31. [2] However, the RIATF denied the request.

Puerto Princesa Palawan has also imposed curfew hours from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM, and a liquor ban took effect last January 13. [1]

Spokesperson of the City Inter-Agency Task Force Atty. Norman Yap announced that these recent implementations in response to the rising COVID-19 cases were mutually agreed upon by officials, agencies, and stakeholders who have significant roles in the fight against the coronavirus. The meeting was held before the online briefing announcement.

Yap also clarified that only authorized persons outside residence (APORs), healthcare frontliners and workers, government officials, public employees, bank employees, logistics and cargo, and humanitarian assistant actors could only travel even if an area is under a high alert level.

More so, Yap also said during the briefing that entertainment establishments’ operations are temporarily halted, as well as group gatherings. Children who are 11 years old and below are not allowed to visit malls or other public places, restaurants, or other establishments exposed to crowded people. Children ages 12 to17 years old are permitted, though, as long as they are fully vaccinated. [3]

As of writing, Puerto Princesa Palawan is currently under Alert Level 2. Yap explained that the Department of Health is in charge of imposing an alert level in an area after assessing the needed data. The city might be escalated to Alert Level 3 on or after January 16. [4]

Lockdown rumors cleared by Malacañang

Social media has been circulating rumors that the government will again declare a national lockdown due to the increasing active cases of COVID-19. Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced this circulating news as false and a case of “fake news”. The national government warns the Filipino public not to easily believe in such wrong information, creating unnecessary panic and fear. [5]

Health News: High number of active cases confirmed

Puerto Princesa, Palawan is on the verge of fighting another round of a COVID-19 surge pushing the Puerto Princesa Palawan city government to regulate stricter health protocols.

There is a rapid rise with cases beginning the year. As of January 10, 293 active cases have been tallied since January 3 [6]; City Incident Management Team (IMT) head Dr. Dean Palanca says that most individuals who tested positive were returning residents.

The IMT monitors the healthcare utilization rate; only a few COVID-positive patients need to be hospitalized. [7]

The daily case bulletin of Palawan Puerto Princesa released by the City Information Department as of January 11 has confirmed 328 total active cases.

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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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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