Break-up of Palawan province (Photo Courtesy: http://www.thedefiant.net)

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the health protocols for the two-day Palawan plebiscite in the first quarter of 2021.

The people of Palawan are set to vote next year on the proposed division of Palawan into three separate provinces – Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Sur – a major move to improve the governance of the island, which is a major tourist destination.

In IATF Resolution 78 dated October 8 and released on Friday, the task force exempted registered voters between the ages of 18 years and 21 years and those who are 60 years old and above, as well as those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women from mobility restrictions so they could vote.

According to Malacañang, only five voters may be allowed in a room at a particular time during the voting period.

It also encouraged the Commission on Elections to devise safety mechanisms and procedures so confirmed and symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients could exercise their right to vote.

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