Sara Duterte asks Davao City police to allow maximum tolerance for motorcycle back riding

Robie de Guzman   •   July 13, 2020   •   747

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte told local traffic management and law enforcers to observe “maximum tolerance” on the riders’ relationship when implementing the national policy on motorcycle back riding.

In a memorandum dated July 10, Duterte said a passenger should be allowed to ride pillion regardless of relationship to the driver as long as health safety requirements are followed.

Mayor Sara noted that in the memorandum from the Philippine National Police allowing the motorcycle back riding, riders are required to wear face mask and crash helmet and the use a barrier between the passenger and driver that covers the neck and does not extend beyond the top of the head of the driver.

The memo includes a photo of a sample wearable barrier that “is similar to a backpack.”

“In view of the above requirements, it seems that the relationship between the driver and the passenger is inconsequential given that these will be the same requirements that will be required for other individuals unrelated to each other. Please allow maximum tolerance in this regard,” Duterte said in her memo.

“Basta may barrier hindi na mag-ma-matter ang relationship ng driver sa passenger. In fact kung mag-rerequire ka ng barrier sa mag-asawa eh magsasama pa rin naman sila paggabi sa bahay at sa kwarto,” she said in a separate interview.

Mayor Sara said the wearable barrier is an alternative design that may be used in addition to the Bohol sample, referring to the makeshift protective shield design proposed by Bohol Governor Arthur Yap. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lucille Lloren)

Sara Duterte warns vs scammers using her name to ask aid for typhoon victims

Robie de Guzman   •   November 16, 2020

Davao Mayor Sara Duterte

Davao Mayor Sara Duterte has cautioned the public against unscrupulous individuals using her name to solicit cash assistance allegedly for the victims of recent typhoons.

In a statement, Duterte warned about an account on social media posing as her to ask money for people severely affected by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses in Luzon.

The presidential daughter said she does not have a Facebook account and that those behind the Sara Duterte Carpio account are “using my name and the platform to lure unsuspecting victims.”

“I also do not have a GCash account. Meddelyn Duterte, if she’s a real person, is clearly a scammer,” she said.

“Please do not fall victims to fraudsters posing to be me,” she added.

She said these fake accounts should be reported and asked the management of Facebook to take down these pages.

“I am also asking the public to report these fake accounts and urge Facebook to take them down as I call on law enforcement agencies to go after the people behind these nefarious activities,” Duterte said.

Mayor Sara also said that those who wish to send aid to typhoon victims should give their donations directly to affected local government units or course it through aid agencies and organizations.

“If you want to help people affected by calamities and disasters, you may send your assistance directly to the victims, to the affected LGUs, or to credible and trusted aid agencies and organizations,” Duterte said.

Davao City to restrict entry starting Nov. 18 amid spike in COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   November 16, 2020

The government of Davao City will impose stricter measures for travelers entering the city due to the surge of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, Mayor Sara Duterte said.

In a statement, Duterte said that starting Nov. 18, new movement and entry travel to the city either by air, land or sea will be restricted to curb the rising COVID-19 infections due to the “full occupancy of COVID-19 beds in the Southern Philippines Medical Center and other treatment facilities.

Under Executive Order (EO) No. 63, only those identified as authorized persons outside residence (APOR) will be allowed entry to Davao City:

  • Health and emergency frontline services personnel
  • Government officials, employees, government frontline personnel
  • Duly-authorized Humanitarian Assistance Actors (HAAs)
  • Coming in for work or business and going home

The EO states the following requirements for APOR entry to the city:

Via land travel:

  • Company/Office ID and Certificate of Employment or Principal acknowledgment of labor/service (for those without employer-employee relationship)
  • Company/Office Travel Order
  • Hotels and other similar accommodation establishments
  • Confirmation (APOR cannot stay in the houses of Davao City residents)

Via air travel:

  • Company/Office ID and Certificate of Employment or Acknowledgment of Principal for labor/service (for those without employer-employee relationship);
  • Medical Certificate Clearance
  • Company/Office Travel Order
  • Hotels and other similar accommodation establishments
  • Confirmation (APOR cannot stay in the houses of Davao City residents)
  • Roundtrip Ticket
  • 24 to 48-hour RT-PCR negative test result or test upon arrival

For persons travelling for medical, dental or allied medical reasons, they are allowed to be accompanied by one driver and one assistant with the following requirement:

  • Certification of travel to access health service from a doctor, dentist, hospital, medical or allied medical institution

For extraordinary humanitarian considerations or accessing national government agency/office service, they are asked to present a travel confirmation from Davao City government and the ID used to register for a pass.

Forms can be downloaded here for those who will use public transportation and here if traveling via private transportation. Registration must be submitted at least five days before the intended date of travel.

Persons residing outside Davao City going to Davao International Airport (DIA) will be required to have a confirmed plane ticket.

Those travelling by land to other cities and municipalities will be required to present a travel pass-through permit from the LGU/PNP of origin and JTF COVID Shield.

Bus, van and airplane passengers who landed in Davao City but are bound for another city/municipality/LGU must secure the following:

  • 24 to 72-hour from date of arrival negative RT-PCR test result or testing upon arrival
  • Confirmation from destination LGU of pick-up vehicle, or
  • Confirmation of private/public transportation arrangements from airport or bus terminal to destination LGU.

For residents returning to Davao City by land, air or sea, including the locally-stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers are required to secure the following requirements:

  • 24 to 72-hour from date of arrival negative RT-PCR test result or testing upon arrival
  • 14 days home quarantine

For patients transported by ambulance, the city government said no requirements will be asked from them except for a momentary stop at the check for the presence of a patient and take the ambulance vehicle details.

If an ambulance entering the city is not carrying a patient, all its occupants are required to present requirements mentioned in the order, the city government said.

Davao City prohibits trick-or-treat, other holiday events amid pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2020

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)

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