COVID-19 community quarantine: Davao City implements new curfew hours, 24-hour liquor ban
Robie de Guzman • April 7, 2020 • 1126
The city government of Davao began on Tuesday, April 7 the implementation of new curfew hours amid the enforcement of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) against the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Under the Executive Order (EO) 23-A, which was issued on Monday, April 6, Davao residents with food and medicine (FM) passes can no longer go out after 6 p.m. after the government revised the curfew hours.
The new curfew hours will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The previous curfew in the city was from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Within the curfew hours, people cannot go out of their houses, except in cases of emergencies or if going to work in the exempted sectors or frontline offices.
People exempted from the curfew are those employed in government offices related to security, health, social services, sanitation, and disaster, 24-hour groceries/convenience stores, wet markets/palengkes, food commissaries, food processing or manufacturing, food delivery services, hospitals, medical laboratories, pharmacies, drugstores, other health services/personnel, doctor’s and dentist’s clinics, gas stations, funeral parlors, and mass media outlets.
Mayor Sara Duterte, in a recent Davao City Disaster Radio announcement, said that the adjusted curfew hours would mean the Food and Medicine Pass issued to residents can only be used before the new curfew hours start.
“You can only use the FM Pass from 6:01 pm to 5:59 am,” Duterte said.
She said individuals dealing with emergency cases will still be allowed to go outside their houses when the curfew starts.
“You don’t need a pass when there is an emergency,” she said.
She said that the 12-hour curfew will last until there is a state of public emergency.
The mayor also announced earlier that under the EO, a 24-hour liquor ban will be imposed. Under this measure, the selling, serving, and consumption of liquor or any alcoholic or intoxicating beverages in public areas are prohibited.
The city previously implements a 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. liquor ban.
Davao City is under enhanced community quarantine starting April 4.
No community events, parties, and other similar gatherings in all government and private offices and establishments will be held in Davao City especially during the holiday season, the local government announced Thursday.
In an advisory, the city government said the prohibition includes trick-or-treating, which is a traditional event of western countries adopted by some Filipinos during Undas period.
The measure will be implemented after health officials and infectious disease experts noted that conducting office or community events increase the transmission and risk of contracting the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Davao City, just like the rest of the world, continues to face the threat of the pandemic. Cases are still surging and it is feared that more and more deaths will happen if the unnecessary gathering of people is allowed,” the advisory read.
The city government reiterated its appeal to residents to stay home and avoid areas where people converge to avoid exposure and transmission of COVID-19.
It also encouraged residents to celebrate the holidays with their families intimately, use online shopping for groceries, food delivery services, and other contactless services to avoid unnecessary exposure.
Instead of spending money on a grand party celebration and risk contracting the virus, residents are urged to share grocery items with a family in need, the city government added.
“This year, celebrations will only be truly special and meaningful if you, your family, and everyone in our communities are healthy and safe,” it added.
The city government likewise advised residents to think twice before leaving their homes to attend parties, dinners, and other events that are not necessary or urgent, and always consider their own families’ safety and other people in the community.
As of Oct. 21, Davao City has recorded a total of 2,851 COVID-19 infections, of which, 671 are active cases. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lucille Lloren)
Some P2.4-million worth of illegal drugs were seized by authorities at the Sirawan checkpoint in Toril, the Davao City government said.
In a news release, the city government said the dangerous drugs were confiscated by membes of the Task Force Davao on Monday from a vehicle traveling from Cotabato City.
Task Force Davao Commander Col. Consolito Yecla said one of the two suspects aboard the vehicle was also arrested. He was identified as Ronnie Martinez Jr., a resident of Koronadal City, South Cotabato.
“The suspect was checked at the light vehicle inspection area and requested to open his small sling bag. The duty inspector requested the driver to park at the side, but he drove away from the checkpoint leaving behind his small sling bag at the inspection area,” he said.
Martinez yielded three jumbo size heat-sealed, transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated weight of 150.43 grams valued at P2,406,880.
According to Yecla, the suspects drove away when asked to get off from the vehicle for inspection. The vehicle was later found abandoned in front of Gaisano Grand Mall in Toril.
One of the suspects reportedly rode a tricycle while the other ran towards Barangay Marapangi, he said.
One of them was later caught with the help of some residents who found him drenched after crossing a river. The other suspect appeared to have gotten away but left behind his wallet, which was turned over by the tricycle driver who gave him a ride.
Yecla expressed gratitude to those who helped in the apprehension of the suspect.
“We would like to give thanks and attribute this successful apprehension of the suspect to the tanods and residents of Brgy Marapangi. Indeed, they participated in our anti-terror campaign “May Nakita? Dapat Magsalita,” Yecla said, referring to the city’s public campaign against terrorism.
“We accomplished this without a fatality, and zero human rights violation,” he added.
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