BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
The Emergency Operations Center-Task Force deputy for medical, data analysis and management reminded voters in Bacolod City to observe minimum health protocols as they proceed to the different polling centers to cast their votes today.
Dr. Chris Sorongon said “We should exercise our right to suffrage as responsible citizens.” He also reminded Bacoleños to bring face masks, hand sanitizers and observe physical distancing when they go out to vote.
When they arrive in the schools where they will cast their vote, they will have to undergo temperature check. If they exhibit COVID or flu-like symptoms and if their body temperature is high, they can still vote but will be brought to an isolation precinct, he said.
Sorongon said voters with normal body temperature or have no flu-like symptoms will go directly to non-isolation precinct. Although it is not a requirement, he is reminding fully vaccinated voters to bring their vaccination card just in case it will be needed.
“This is a historical election since it is being held amidst the pandemic. That is why we should be cautious by observing social distancing,” he said.
Sorongon also reminded voters to write down the list of candidates they want to vote for to save time so others can also vote. Because if people queue for a long time, this can pose a risk for them to be infected by the virus. “Let’s be concerned, let’s be sensitive, let’s be responsible.”
As much as possible, voters should not wear t-shirts or any color that will represent a particular political party since this is included in the restrictions imposed in voting centers, he added.*