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Palawan Capitol: Plebiscite held last March had nothing to do with COVID-19 surge

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The Palawan Provincial Health Office said that the plebiscite held last March had nothing to do with the current surge of COVID-19 cases in some municipalities in the province.

Last March 13, Palawan residents voted against the the law dividing the province into three. The pelebscite was supervised by the Commission on Elections.

“Ang plebisito po ay nangyari noong March 13 which is Morbidity Week 11, kasi tayo ay mayroong tinatawag na Morbidity Week… So ngayon ay nasa Morbidity Week 21 po tayo…Nagkaroon tayo ng surge o nagsimula pong tumaas yung kaso na sinimulan po sa Brooke’s Point at Coron noon pong Morbidity Week 15,” said Acting Provincial Health Officer Dr. Faye Erika Labrado.

“…So lagpas na pong isang buwan, kaya kung ang plebisito po ang sinisisi sa pagkakaroon natin ng surge dapat ay Morbidity Week 12 or 13 ay umarangkada na po ang kaso natin,” she added.

Acording to the PHO, the surge happened on the Morbidity Week 18 in some LGUs like Brooke’s Point.

“Nagkaroon ng pag-double ng kaso sa Brooke’s Point ay Morbidity Week 18 na po. So basically, hindi po natin pwede i-associate ang Plebesito sa nangyaring surge na nararanasan…”, said Dra. Labrador.

Labrador said that the some of the reasons of the surge include failure to follow health protocols, attending mass gatherings without social distancing and movement of residents to and from different municipalities.