Davao City to run COVID-19 swab test for vendors ahead of Roxas Night Market reopening

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2020   •   250

All vendors and security personnel of the Roxas Night Market will be subjected to a baseline swabbing ahead of the reopening of the market, the Davao City government said.

In a statement, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said the swab test aims to ensure the safety of the public against the coronavirus disease when the night market re-opens by the third week of September.

“Ang intention sa baseline swabbing is to make sure na pag re-open, walay positive dinha nga nasagol and maka-infect og mga tao nga mag adto sa Roxas Night Market,” Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said in an interview over the Davao City Disaster Radio on Tuesday.

(The intention of baseline swabbing is to ensure there is no positive case that can infect people going to the Roxas Night Market.)

Duterte said the city only allows vendors on rotation every two weeks and that only 25 percent of the total number of vendors and masseuse are allowed to operate when the market re-opens this month. 

And, each new batch of vendors will be swabbed before they will be allowed to operate at the night market, she added. 

The city government said the minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks, physical distancing, hand-washing, and the provision of footbath stations will also be strictly implemented.

Task Force (TF) Davao also said it is planning to put up a facial recognition system for the security and safety of the people at the night market.

“They will be required to lower down their face masks for recognition in the inspection area with transparent barriers,” he said.

The TF Davao has also conducted security and safety orientation with vendors and the barangay officials where the night market belongs.

The security forces have also assigned a secured parking area for motorcycles.

The TF Davao earlier said it has beefed up security in the city’s borders and prohibited motorcycles from parking in the vicinity of Davao City hall and other areas declared as maximum security zones after the deadly explosions in Jolo, Sulu.

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Facility-based isolation for asymptomatic, mild COVID-19 cases now mandatory

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is now requiring facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases through IATF Resolution 74.

The new policy however, exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities and their home meets the conditions specified in the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Joint Administrative Order 2020-0001. 

Likewise, another exception is when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.

Davao LGU to require air passengers to file online form, secure QR code starting Oct. 12

Robie de Guzman   •   September 25, 2020

The government of Davao City has announced it will soon require the submission of online form and QR code for passengers bound for Davao International Airport.

In an advisory, the city government said it is set to conduct a test run on Oct. 7 to Oct. 11 for the said policy, which is being eyed to be implemented starting Oct. 12.

The process seeks to improve the RT-PCR testing procedures for people arriving at the Davao International Airport by addressing issues pertaining to the convenience of passengers, the wellness and safety of the frontliners, and the speed with which confirmed COVID-19 positive passengers and those seated close to them on board are identified and located.

The city government said its IT department developed the online passenger data recording that needs to be completely filled out and submitted after the issuance of a boarding pass at the airport of origin.

This process will require passengers to use a smartphone, internet connection, and to prepare a valid ID, boarding pass, and their 24 hours to 72 hours negative RT-PCR test result, if they already have one.

The data captured is based on the same information that is required by the Department of Health during testing, the local government said.

“This move is envisioned to issue a unique QR code and create a no-contact, paperless recording of each arriving passenger and his test result,” it added.

During the test run, all passengers will be requested to use the online form to fast track testing and assignment of a holding facility.

A sample form published by the city government can be viewed here.

“We expect everyone’s full cooperation in our efforts to protect all Mindanawons from Covid-19,” it said.

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Iloilo City placed under MECQ from Sept. 25 until Oct. 9

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Iloilo City has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective September 25 until October 9 due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque the new measure is based on the issued Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution 74 which also requires facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases.

However, the resolution exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities as confirmed by the local health officer.

Another exception would be when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.

On Tuesday (September 22), 33 employees of the Iloilo City Hall tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the three-day temporary closure of the establishment beginning Wednesday (September 23) as declared by Mayor Jerry Treñas in Executive Order No. 215-A.

Prior to that, 13 barangays in the city were placed under total lockdown due to the increase in community transmission of COVID-19.

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