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Victorias City mayor ends quarantine but “never left work,” son says

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca has been “discharged” from isolation after doctors found him “clinically stable” and is in no need of further quarantine, his councilor-son, Derek, told DNX.

Mayor Palanca tested positive for COVID on 4 November and was confined in a health facility before he spent several days more in a government-run quarantine center in one of the public schools in Victorias City.

Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick P. Palanca, as the Victorias City EOC Task Force Head, presides the daily huddle of the team via zoom and hears the updates concerning COVID-19 from the City Health Office, Contact Tracers, Tourism Cluster, and the Sanitation Monitoring Cluster in this photo taken 6 Noveber 2020. | Photo and caption from Councilor Derek Palanca
Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick P. Palanca, as the Victorias City EOC Task Force Head, presides the daily huddle of the team via zoom and hears the updates concerning COVID-19 from the City Health Office, Contact Tracers, Tourism Cluster, and the Sanitation Monitoring Cluster in this photo taken 6 Noveber 2020. | Photo and caption from Councilor Derek Palanca

“The family was worried his symptoms could progress to pneumonia but fortunately it did not; his oxygen levels were normal all throughout,” the younger Palanca told DNX.

Despite his confinement, the younger Palanca said his father continued to tend to his tasks as mayor of the city around 37 kilometers north from here.

Councilor Derek Palanca was also isolated at the North Elementary School after he was swabbed but was discharged earlier after he tested positive.

Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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