DUMAGUETE CITY – The Commission on Election’s (Comelec) satellite registration for voters here will continue as scheduled every Saturday despite the spike in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.
City Election Officer Ian Macaraya said on Thursday the scheduled satellite registration in the barangays will only be cancelled or postponed to another date if there is a high number of cases in that particular village.
Otherwise, the activity will push ahead provided basic health protocols are observed, such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, and observing physical distancing.
Earlier, the Comelec allocated each Saturday for one barangay for the satellite registration and if it has a bigger population, two days might be allotted for it, Macaraya said.
But now, satellite registration is done even on weekdays depending on the need and also upon request from the barangay.
As of Wednesday, records at the Comelec office here showed 162 were registered in Barangay Cadawinonan (May 15), 94 in Barangay Camanjac (May 22), and 94 in Barangay Bajumpandan (May 29).
The schedule for Barangay Buñao last June 5 was cancelled due to a high number of Covid-19 cases in the area.
The following are the schedules for the satellite registration in villages of this capital city: June 11, Barangay Daro; June 12, Barangay Mangnao; June 19, Poblacion 1; June 26 and July 3, Barangay Calindagan; July 10, Barangay Banilad; July 17, for persons with disabilities and senior citizens to be held at the City Social Welfare and Development Office; July 24 and 31, Barangay Junob; Aug. 7, Barangay Balugo; and Aug. 14, Barangay Talay.
The satellite registration is a big help to encourage voters to come and register for the May 9, 2022 elections. (PNA)