DAVAO CITY March 30 (PIA) - Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio urged the people to remain calm amid the possibility of the implementation of Expanded Community Quarantine in Davao Region.
In an interview by the Davao City Disaster Radio, she said essential businesses like banks, supermarkets and groceries, pawnshops and remittance centers will operate despite the control measures being implemented in the region due to the Corona Virus Disease-19 infection.
Duterte-Carpio said the city government reserves the authority to implement the ECQ only if it sees strong defiance in the public places on social/ physical distancing, wearing of face masks in public places and handwashing with soap and water.
"Right now, there is no Expanded Community Quarantine and you will be informed accordingly, when this will be implemented," she said.
Duterte-Carpio bared that the ECQ policy is already moved to the local government units in the region which can be implemented if they see low compliance of the control measures to address the COVID-19 infection in the public.
She said she prepares the public for the possible declaration of the ECQ by giving them food and the issuance of quarantine pass to every household through the purok leaders assisted by their corresponding barangay chairs and team leaders from the 19th City Council.
"Generally, they call it quarantine pass while I call it food and medicine pass. It will be implemented in the city except in emergency situations when a person needs to be taken to the hospital. The pass will be used by two individuals in a household with their valid IDs. But these permits will be used only when there is an ECQ," Duterte-Carpio said.
She said movement of the public will be restricted once an ECQ is implemented.
Public transport will stop and those with private transport will be questioned if their activity is work-related or not.
She said that if the purpose of the travel is not related to work, the person is told to go home.
"Based on the doctors' assessment, there are already residents in the city who are afflicted with the disease, even they do not have travel history on areas with the COVID-19 infection," Duterte-Carpio said.
She said that as long as the people will follow the regulations being implemented now, the COVID-19 campaign will end by April 30.
Duterte-Carpio stressed that it is the belief of government doctors that as long as the public complies with the policies against the COVID-19, everything will normalize by the end of April and it can be done. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)