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IATF approves voting simulation in San Juan 

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The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management for the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed the simulation voting in San Juan City on October 23, Malacañang said in a report by Philippine News Agency.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the IATF-EID, during its meeting on Thursday, approved the Commission on Elections’ request on the one-day voting simulation exercises to ensure the Filipino voters’ safety against the coronavirus disease 2019 in the May 9, 2022 elections.

“Approved in the IATF’s 144th meeting is the request of the Commission on Elections to conduct voting simulation exercises on October 23, 2021 in San Juan City,” Roque, also acting as IATF-EID spokesperson, said in a press statement.

The simulation exercise, Roque said, is “subject to conditions.”

On September 19, the Comelec also conducted a voting simulation in Pasay City.

The Comelec earlier said the simulation was vital to “determine the policy and process on how the election shall be conducted” amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The simulation exercise, the poll body added, also aims to ensure strict health protocols for Filipino voters who will participate in the 2022 national and local elections.

Meantime, Roque said the IATF-EID also gave its nod to the request of the Intramuros Administration to implement programs in Fort Santiago and the Baluarte San Diego for fully vaccinated senior citizens.

In September, the Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, and Plaza San Luis in Intramuros resumed their operations under limited capacity and shortened operating hours.

Individuals who wish to visit the three Intramuros sites, regardless of their vaccination status, are mandated to follow the minimum public health standards at all times.

Fully-vaccinated visitors 18 to 65 years old are entitled to a special express lane when they visit those areas within Intramuros.

By using the special lane, they will only need to undergo the mandatory temperature check at the entrance gates and can complete the contact tracing form inside the sites.

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