THE plebiscite on the possible division of Palawan into three separate provinces is set to be held in March, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
In its Resolution No. 10687, the Comelec en banc said the event will now be held from 7 am to 3 pm on March 13, 2021.
This after it got the go-ahead from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to proceed with the plebiscite originally set on October 8, 2020.
“The plebiscite shall be held in 23 municipalities of the Province of Palawan, except Puerto Princesa City,” Comelec said in the 56-paged issuance.
The plebiscite was supposed to be held on May 11, 2020, but was deferred by the poll body due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the implementation of community quarantine.
On the day of the plebiscite, people will be asked a single question: “Pumapayag ka bang hatiin ang probinsya ng Palawan sa tatlong probinsyang papangalanang Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, at Palawan del Sur alinsunod sa Batas Republika Bilang 11259 (Are you in favor of dividing the province of Palawan into three province, which will be named Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Sur in accordance to Republic Act 11259).”
It will be answerable with Oo (yes) or Hindi (no).
Comelec will conduct an information campaign for the activity from February 11 to March 11.
It noted the campaign should be held online, televised, or radio-aired in default, but it may still be through face-to-face interactions provided minimum health standards will be strictly implemented in such activities.
In preparation for the event, Comelec declared February 11 to March 20, 2021 as Plebiscite period. The following activities will be prohibited at this time: alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct; bearing, carrying, or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, unless authorized in writing by the Commission.
Also not allowed are the transfer or detail of officers and employees in the civil service; organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces or similar forces; and suspension of local elective officials; and illegal release of prisoners.
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