The campaign period for the conduct of the plebiscite in Palawan officially started on Thursday as scheduled by Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution 10682.
The plebiscite is on March 13, 2021 to ratify the division of Palawan into Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental and Palawan del Sur as provided by Republic Act 11259 passed by the 17th Congress on April 5, 2019.
The campaign period is four weeks, a sprint for the campaigners of the “yes” and the “no” to cover 23 municipalities with a land area practically the size of one region.
The move to divide Palawan into three provinces is supported by Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez, citing economic gains and ease of governance as major points to consider. The crux of those opposed to that is led by One Palawan movement, citing environmental and political issues. The movement has considerable growing followers.
Despite the pandemic, the Comelec is allowing the face-to-face assembly for gatherings and debates but under strict compliance with the regulation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases mandating that 50 percent of a venue can be utilized. Holding of online, virtual, televised or radio-aired campaign are allowed as well as posting and sharing of information in all social media platforms.
About 490,000 voters are expected to participate in the plebiscite. SOVEREIGNPH