COVID-19 community quarantine: Davao City implements new curfew hours, 24-hour liquor ban

Robie de Guzman   •   April 7, 2020   •   768

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.

Sara Duterte says people with COVID-19 symptoms should be barred from boarding sweeper flights

Robie de Guzman   •   May 29, 2020

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte urged government agencies in-charge of facilitating sweeper flights for its residents stranded in Manila not to allow those who show signs of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or those infected with the virus to board the aircraft.

Duterte made the call on Thursday following reports that several returning Davao residents through special flights tested positive for the dreaded viral disease.

Last week, four overseas Filipino workers aboard a sweeper flight tested positive for COVID-19. A few days later, two more persons who came home through another special flight failed to pass the city health office’s health screening.

“Kinahanglan nato i-screen ang mosulod, and kinahanglan pud nato i-screen ang mogawas because dapat dili makasakay ang Covid-19 positive nga tao and dapat dili pud makasakay ang naga manifest og symptoms,” she said.

(We need to screen those coming in and going out because people infected with COVID-19 should not be allowed to board the flight as well as those who are exhibiting symptoms.)

She explained that screening at the airport is necessary to stop the virus from spreading to other people and places.

In line with this, the presidential daughter said a screening station will be established at the Davao International Airport to ensure that all individuals boarding their flights when commercial operations resume are free of the disease.

She said the screening station will be manned 24/7 by the City Health Office

“Gi-ingnan nato ang atoang City Health Office nga to prepare a 24-hour rotational scheme nga mag duty sa airport. Sa new normal, kung sundon ang distancing, kung masunod ang limit sa flights, mga around 2,000 a day ang mogawas,” she said.

(We have directed our City Health Office to prepare a 24-hour rotational scheme for those who will be on duty in the airport. In the new normal, if the social distancing measure and flight capacity limit will be observed, around 2,000 people will depart.)

The city government has so far accommodated 2,266 inbound passengers and 3,635 outbound passengers since April 29.

Metro Manila to likely transition to GCQ after May 31 —Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2020

Metro Manila has a possibility to transition to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) after May 31, according to the Malacañang.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said there is a chance that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions might ease in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) held a meeting on Wednesday (May 27) to determine if the MECQ should continue after May 31.

“Chances are we will, in fact, be transitioning to GCQ in Metro Manila, according to the chief implementer and the DILG [Department of the Interior and Local Government] Secretary,” Roque said in a statement.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) is also recommending to the IATF to put the National Capital Region under GCQ.

Once Metro Manila transitioned to GCQ, Roque said public transportation will resume operations but will have limited capacity.

He also appealed to the private and public sectors to finalize their work scheme where 50% will resume in worksites and 50% will work from home.

“We are appealing to both private and public sectors to ensure at least 50-50 workforce,” he said. –AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Sara Duterte asks other LGUs to stop restricting travelers within Davao region

Robie de Guzman   •   May 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte called on other local government units not to restrict the movement of people within areas in the Davao region that are under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Duterte issued the statement during an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio on Wednesday following reports that some workers traveling from Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro to Davao City are being required to present documents and undergo a 14-day quarantine before granting them passage to Davao del Norte.

“That’s what I’ve been saying, for those of you who are ranting on Facebook, Sirs and Ma’ams, you should have prepared for this during the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) because movement between GCQ areas would be allowed,” she said, apparently referring to officials of LGUs in neighboring areas.

Citing Section 7 (3) of the Omnibus Guidelines on the implementation of the community quarantine in the Philippines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), Duterte said the interzonal movement of persons between areas placed under GCQ for any purpose other than leisure is permitted.

“Is employment a leisure? It’s not, so they are allowed to move. There is a confusion on your part that you need to resolve,” she said.

The mayor also said that subjecting workers passing through the province to Davao City to a two-week quarantine was “unreasonable.”

“It’s unreasonable that those who are just passing through your area to return to work (in Davao City), who are not even working in your area will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine. I don’t think it’s right preparation,” she said.

The entire Davao region, including Davao City, is under GCQ from May 16 to May 31.

The presidential daughter said that if other LGUs continue to restrict the movement of people to and from their areas then they should have instead opted for an extension of enhanced community quarantine implementation.

“Kung dili mo gusto magpasulod sa inyohang LGU, ipasaka mo to an ECQ because during an ECQ dili pwede mosulod, dili pwede mogawas. But during a GCQ, kung ang imohang silingan GCQ, ikaw GCQ, pwede mo magbiyahe for Category I, II, III na offices and establishments for work,” she said.

(If you do not allow entry, you raise your (quarantine level) to ECQ because during ECQ you don’t allow entry and exit. But during GCQ, if your neighbor is GCQ and you are GCQ, you can travel to offices and establishments categorized as I, II, III for work.)

In another statement, she, however, clarified that she is not intimidating nor dictating other local leaders about movement restrictions.

Instead, Duterte said she only requested them to refrain from asking “unnecessary” documents from people traveling to their areas.

“Ang ginaingon lang nako sa ilaha, ayaw pangayui ang tao og travel order, mangayo pa sila og seal, mangayo pa og tinuod nga pirma nako because that is not required. Ayaw ninyo pangayui ang mga tao og ing-ana. Kung ang tao moingon nga empleyado sila, di ba allowed man mo-move for work, kung ang tao moingon siya nga nagatrabaho ko diha, pangitai ninyo og ID,” the mayor stressed.

(What I told them is not to ask for a travel order, a (Davao City) seal, my original signature because that is not required. Don’t ask people for that. If the persons say they are workers are they not allowed to move for work? You can ask for an ID.)

Mayor Sara also pointed out that prohibiting the entry of people through lockdowns does not guarantee protection from the coronavirus.

She said LGUs should instead ready their local government for the possible surge of COVID-19 patients.

“Ang makaprotect po sa imoha is mag andam ka imohang prevention measures, mag-andam ka sa imohang detection especially sa inyohang surveillance, mag-andam mo sa inyohang testing,” she said.

(What will protect you is your prevention measures, prepare your detection measures especially with surveillance, and ready with testing.)

“So dapat nangita na mo og mga tao dinha sa inyohang lugar nga ginasubmit ninyo for testing because naga manifest sila og symptoms sa COVID-19. Mag andam po mo og treatment ug reintegration. Mao dapat na ang nagafunction karon nga GCQ na ang inyohang area,” she added.

(So look for the people you submitted for testing if they manifest the COVID-19 symptoms. Prepare treatment and reintegration. That is how you function under GCQ.)

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