Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte yesterday, April 5, cautioned Dabawenyos about their expectations even as the city government is preparing for any surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Duterte said that even with the preparations, there is still the possibility of the entry to Davao City of super-spreader coronavirus variants, such as the one from the United Kingdom (UK) amid the spike of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) plus areas.

She said that the downtrend of COVID-19 confirmed positive cases in Davao City recently should not be a cause for the public to be complacent.

“I-manage lang pud nato atong mga expectations noh makita nato ang surge sa NCR LGUs and surrounding areas nga dili layo ang UK variant nga muabot jud na diri kay open gihapon travel diri sa Davao (Let’s manage our expectations since the surge in NCR local government units and surrounding areas, it’s not far-fetched that the UK variant will enter here since travel to Davao is still open),” Duterte said during the Special Hours program of the Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) Monday afternoon.

Davao City currently has no recorded case of the highly-contagious coronavirus strain B.1.1.7 or the UK variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since the first-ever case that was reported early this year. 

The city’s first B.1.1.7 case involved a 10-year-old boy who tested positive on January 18 and was asymptomatic. City health officials then said the boy’s family had no history of travel and had no known exposure or contact to a probable UK variant or a foreigner.

The mayor said that the same action plan will be implemented in the city once it experiences another surge of COVID-19 cases. She explained that house lockdowns will take effect and groceries will be made available for the families and residents who will be affected.

Duterte also said that they thought of bringing fresh food to lockdown houses so those in isolation can also buy. The Davao City Agriculturist Office, according to her, is supporting the plan as the office will also make fresh vegetables available for those under house lockdowns.

“We will try to extend or delay up to the last minute ang atoang pag lockdown or pag sarado sa atong city (in locking down or closing the city),” she said, adding that the city currently has sufficient funds to shoulder groceries of locked down families if and when a COVID-19 surge strikes the city again.

She cited the Public Enhancement, City Peace and Order, and City Disaster funds as the sources of funds for the city’s COVID-19 response. However, all these sources do not only cater to the COVID-19 response.

She maintained that the city can prepare groceries for approximately 200,000 families just like the last time.,“Of course, naa tay ana nga preparation og expectations (we have that preparation and expectations) but we don’t want that to happen. Ang atoang (Our) mindset is preparing for the worst and expecting the worst Our move really is preventing a second wave.”

Duterte also reminded Dabawenyos to continue complying with the basic public minimum health standards such as frequent handwashing with soap and water, the wearing of face masks, and social distancing. CIO