Air travelers to Davao City may get free COVID-19 testing starting June 29 – Sara Duterte

Robie de Guzman   •   June 26, 2020   •   1206

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.

Duterte on calls for VP run: I’m ready for retirement

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to retire after his term as president and has no plans to run for any position in the 2022 elections.

“I’m ready for retirement,” Duterte said in an interview aired over SMNI channel on Tuesday.

Duterte issued the remark amid the call of his PDP-Laban party for him to seek vice presidency in next year’s elections to ensure continuity of his programs.

“Mahirap yan kasi mag-retire na ako and this time, ako ang mamili ng presidente. Tapos ‘pag manalo sabihin nila, ano lang yan, perpetuate yourself in power. So nagre-resist ako,” he said.

When asked about his plans after his term as president, Duterte said he prefers to return to his home town of Davao City and retire.

He also admitted that he has someone in mind that he thinks may continue his legacy but prefers to stay “neutral” for now.

He promised to reveal his preferences in due time.

The chief executive also reiterated his earlier stance that he does not want his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, to run for president next year.

“Si Inday (Sara Duterte) kinausap ko talaga kagabi. ‘Do not run. Do not ever commit the mistake of running for the presidency,’” he said.

“I don’t mean to insult the Filipino people. Presidente? Wala ka talagang makuha. Wala para sa iyo, except for one thing, yung sense of fulfillment mo sa kapwa tao mo, na may nagawa ka,” he added.

When asked if there is one thing he is proud of during his term as president, Duterte said his “greatest achievement” was “exposing” the oligarchy in the country.

“But if you ask me, what is my greatest achievement in a very humble [way], ako Pastor, I exposed the oligarchy in the Philippines,” he said.

Malacañang earlier said Duterte is still pondering on his 2022 plans and that he may likely reveal it to the public in December.

Davao City not a new epicenter for COVID-19 amid case surge – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said that the term “epicenter” should not be used to describe Davao City amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH discourages the use of the term in describing the rise of cases in a certain area as epidemic epicenters are “interpreted by some to refer to an area as the source of the infection.”

“It is also meant to connote the area as a hotspot for the infection. We discourage the use of the term ‘epicenter’ in describing the rise of cases in an area,” Vergeire said in a statement.

“These areas are not the origin of the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, using the term ‘epicenter’ detracts from other surrounding areas which may be equally or more affected by COVID-19,” she added.

“Considering this, no, Davao City is not an epicenter,” she further stated.

The DOH issued the statement after a fellow from the OCTA Research Group said Davao City has surpassed Quezon City in terms of having the highest average of daily fresh COVID-19 cases. OCTA noted that Davao City recorded an average of 213 new COVID-19 cases, higher than the 207 cases from Quezon City.

Davao City is currently under modified enhanced community quarantine due to rising coronavirus infections in the area.

“We continue to closely monitor the situation in Davao City due to increasing cases,” the DOH said.

Davao City surpasses QC in average daily COVID-19 cases; records ‘very high’ positivity rate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 8, 2021

Davao City has surpassed Quezon City in having high average daily cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to OCTA Research Group.

According to the research group, Davao City along with other areas in Mindanao, has recorded high growth rate in COVID-19 cases. Davao City has an average of 213 daily COVID-19 cases while Quezon City has 207.

Due to this the local government said it will conduct online consultations with doctors to discuss additional temporary treatment management facilities.

A business process outsourcing (BPO) company was also placed under lockdown after 403 employees tested positive for COVID-19. The Davao City local government will also conduct an investigation if the said BPO company had  violated public minimum health standards

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Spokesperson Pcpt. Rose Aguilar reminded the public to follow minimum health protocols. Over 3,000 individuals have been apprehended for not wearing facemasks and face shields.

“Sumunod talaga tayo palagi sa health protocols at tayo mismo magbantay sa ating sarili, na hindi tayo makatabi o makalapit sa kapwa indibidwal. Ang ating facemask, face shield at paghuhugas ng kamay palagi nating gawin,” he said.

(Let us follow health protocols and we should be vigilant in maintaining physical distancing. Wear facemask, face shield, and wash your hands.)

Meanwhile, the local government will place additional temporary treatment management facilities due to bed shortage brought by the surge in COVID-19 cases. AAC (with reports from Marisol Montano)

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