“Exercise the right to vote, follow health protocols,” voters said

As they exercise their right to vote today, May 9, voters are reminded to always adhere to minimum healing protocols. (File photo)

“Let’s exercise our right to vote and respect the minimum sanitary protocols.”

That was the reminder of Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical data and analysis of the Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF), as thousands of voters are expected to flock to various polling stations of the city of Bacolod today, May 9th.

Sorongon said voters should wear face masks, bring hand sanitizer and observe appropriate physical distancing.

“When we arrive at the voting centers, the Electoral Commission (Comelec) will also assign personnel to check the body temperature and once you have a high temperature or coronavirus (Covid-19) type symptoms, you will be brought to the isolation room, but you can still vote,” he said.

However, those who are confirmed Covid-19 patients in quarantine centers cannot vote, he added.

Sorongon noted that under Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, persons subject to quarantine and isolation are required to comply with such an order.

“These (elections) are history because we are holding this event even though we are still in the pandemic so we still need to follow health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus…stay safe,” he said. he also stated.

As of May 8, Bacolod City had a total of 12 active cases of Covid-19.*

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