DAVAO DEL NORTE, APRIL 4 (PIA) - People residing in Tagum, Panabo, and Carmen are barred to leave their homes after Governor Edwin I. Jubahib signed Executive Order (E.O.) No. 31, Series of 2020 on Friday (April 3) to further enhance the containment of COVID-19.
Through E.O. No. 31, Jubahib declares the "the Entire Province of Davao del Norte Except the Island Garden City of Samal Under Enhanced Community Quarantine".
Item 19 under Section 3 of the E.O. imposes "extreme precautionary measures" to the city of Tagum, Panabo, and the Municipality of Carmen. Such Item runs among those guidelines that "shall be strictly imposed" under Enhanced Community Quarantine.
Item 19 enforces strict and tight movement of vehicles.
In particular, it states that "All private and public vehicles from Tagum City, Panabo City and the Municipality of Carmen are prohibited from entering and exiting their respective jurisdiction" while residents from other cities and municipalities within Davao del Norte are "discouraged" to go to the mentioned cities and municipality.
Corollary to this prohibitions, workers from Tagum, Panabo and Carmen are expected to work at home as they are not authorized to work outside their respective local government units (LGUs) based on the newly released E.O. of Jubahib.
Exception, however, is given to those working in COVID-19 Crisis Management and Response Team with proper identification.
Meanwhile, vehicles will have 24 hours starting 12:01 on April 5, the effective date of the EO, to move across Tagum, Panabo and Carmen where they will be "escorted in groups" but they are not allowed to pick up passengers.
No vehicles are then allowed to pass through the borders of Tagum, Panabo and Carmen 24 hours after the effectivity of the Order that is set to last until 11:59 of April 20.
After the 24 -hour time window, road blocks will be established throughout.
The EO specifies, however, that vehicles of COVID-19 Crisis Management and Response Team and COVID-19 Inter-agency task force, emergency vehicles, allied medical professionals, healthcare workers, organic PNP (Philippine National Police) and military personnel working for government in nearby municipalities, cities and provinces are allowed entry if they present proper identification.
E.O. 31 also provides consideration to enter and exit Davao del Norte "for delivery vehicle of supply chain coming from outside Davao del Norte and service vehicles of critical infrastructure on emergency repairs like transmission companies", provided identification is being presented.
However, drivers and helpers of cargo and delivery vehicles and supply delivery trucks are required to stay onboard while loading and unloading is being done.
Drivers and passengers of vehicles given exemptions to enter and exit the Province of Davao del Norte, are subject to temperature check at designated checkpoints managed by combined elements of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Provincial Health Office.
Taking into consideration that the Daang Maharlika traverses through Tagum, Panabo and Carmen, Governor Jubahib allows only passage to vehicles with quarantine pass, from other parts of Davao Region.
These vehicles, however, are prohibited from making stopovers at any point in the Province of Davao del Norte and that they will be "escorted by PNP personnel up the boundary exiting the province".
In case of activities not covered with the guidelines relative to "extreme precautionary measures" imposed on Tagum, Panabo and Carmen, Jubahib is directing concerned to coordinate with respective COVID-19 task force. (Jeanevive Duron-Abangan with reports from Jan Leuterio, UM Tagum OJT)