Over 250 families lost their homes in a fire at New Society Village in Barangay Ilang, Davao City on Wednesday (April 29).
Based on the initial investigation of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire started at 2:30 a.m. and lasted for two hours. The cause of the fire possibly came from electrical ignition. No casualties were reported in the incident.
According to Barangay Captain Amado Babao, they continue to observe social distancing protocols even when the affected families are currently in evacuation centers.
“Itong mga nasunugan, idinivide natin ito sa tatlong groups para ma-observe natin ang social distancing sa mga taong nasunugan, (The families affected by the fire are divided into three groups to observe social distancing),” he said.
Meanwhile, Davao City government said they will install individual shelters for the quarantined persons affected by the fire. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)
Passengers arriving at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport may avail of free and voluntary testing novel for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) starting June 29, the Davao City government said.
In a statement, the city government said that all air passengers who arrived in Davao City on June 8, 2020, whether experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or asymptomatic, can also avail of the testing.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the free reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for air passengers is one of the city government’s efforts to find carriers of coronavirus and curb the spread of the viral disease in Davao City.
“Isa pa ni sa atoang mga pamaagi nga mangita og mga pasyente. Lahi pa ni sa mga ginabuhat nato sa atoang contact-tracing, sa atoang case-finding dinha sa mga communities,” Duterte-Carpio said.
(This is one of our ways in finding patients, apart from the contact-tracing and case-finding in our communities.)
“So, duna tay budget sa atoang Bayanihan Grant nga napasa atong April and atoang gamiton ni para sa katong voluntary ang free testing for passengers who arrived by airplane beginning June 8 until the present,” she added.
(We have a budget from our Bayanihan Grant that was passed last April, and we will use it for the voluntary and free testing for passengers who arrived by airplane beginning June 8 until the present.)
Around 1,000 RT-PCR testing kits are ready for the free and voluntary testing for passengers who arrived in Davao City from June 8, 2020, to the present.
“Duna tay listahan, but sa pagka karon nangita lang ta og volunteers. Asymptomatic or symptomatic – meaning naa moy ubo, naa moy sip-on o wala, gikaluntura mo or wala, pwede mo magpa libreng testing sugod sa Monday,” she said.
(We have a list but for now we are looking for volunteers. Asymptomatic or symptomatic – meaning if you have cough, colds, or fever, or even if you don’t have these, you may avail of the free testing starting on Monday.)
Before the start date, the city government said it will release the full details on how to avail of the free testing.
Meantime, air travel passengers may reach out to the COVID-19 Task Force Operation Center for the details on how they can avail of the free testing.
Those interested in the initiative may contact Davao City’s COVID-19 OpCen through 0917 508 6548 for Globe users; 0919 071 1111 for Smart users; or, dial (082) 244-0181 for information.
MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has reminded overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and locally-stranded individuals (LSI) returning to the city to comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine and for their families to keep physical distance to avoid getting infected with novel coronavirus disease.
“Mag-remind ta sa atong mga kaigsuonang Dabawenyo nga kung duna moy kauban sa balay or member of your household or silingan nga bag-ong abot nga gikan sa ubang lugar, make sure nga dili mo moduol sa ilaha and make sure nga mag comply sila sa 14-day quarantine,” Duterte said in an interview over the Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday.
(We are reminding our fellow Dabawenyos if they have a household member or neighbor coming from other areas, make sure you don’t come near them or make sure they comply with the 14-day quarantine.)
Mayor Sara said the reminder is for all families with returning OFWs and LSIs regardless if members are either asymptomatic or experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus disease.
Davao City Health Office Head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte also echoed Mayor Sara’s statement, stressing that the 14-day quarantine for returning residents is required and must be followed.
Davao City has been receiving OFWs and LSIs in the past weeks via sweeper flights facilitated by government agencies.
Before boarding the plane, these OFWs and LSIs undergo rapid diagnostic tests (RDT), and those who turn out positive in the test are not be allowed to board the flight.
Upon arrival in Davao City, returning residents also undergo strict health screening conducted by the CHO. If they fail in the screening, they are referred to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) for swabbing.
“They must fill out the health declaration form, undergo thermal scanning and symptom screening if they have a fever, cough, and cold. If they fail the health screening, they will be referred to SPMC for swabbing then for isolation or admission,” Villafuerte said in a statement.
Those who will not be placed in an isolation facility are required to undergo a 14-day home quarantine. They are directed to contact their District Health Office or the SPMC in case symptoms appear within 14 days.
As of June 20, the city government said it has assisted 5,825 inbound Davao City individuals while 4,512 outbound Davao City via land, air, and sea.
Of these numbers, 18 returning OFWs and two LSIs have tested positive for Covid-19.
The government of Davao City has filed charges against more than 200 individuals who allegedly violated the protocols of the community quarantine.
According to Angel Sumagaysay, head of the city’s Public Safety and Security Command Center, 90 complaints have been filed against 277 persons accused of defying rules on curfew, social gathering, and liquor ban.
Sumagaysay added that 145 charges have also been lodged out of the 329 apprehensions for violations on the use of food and medicine pass.
“Other cases are yet to be filed as these will be done through regular filing while other apprehended suspects are minors,” he said in a statement.
“We just have to follow the protocols, especially on the social distancing and wearing of mask,” he added.
Sumagaysay stressed that protocols are being strictly implemented to prevent the further spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“We are commending the security sector, particularly the Davao City Police Office for continued implementation of GCQ guidelines. We hope that Dabawenyos would cooperate and adhere to the guidelines (because) after all, this is for the good of our community,” he said.
Davao City has recorded a total of 321 coronavirus infections with 192 recoveries and 30 deaths. The city currently has 99 active cases.
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