Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte signed on Friday, November 13, Executive Order No. 62 Series of 2020, which provides the guidelines on enforcement of the prohibition on non-essential travels in Davao City.
The mayor, in her E.O., said there is a need to control the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Davao City because of the full occupancy of beds at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and other hospitals are also nearing their limits.
Davao City currently has a total of 1,678 active cases out of the cumulative total of 5,008 cases, with 3,120 recoveries and 210 deaths. The city has consistently topped areas with the highest number of active COVID-19 cases in the daily monitoring of the Department of Health the past week before it dropped to second on November 13 with 113 active cases behind Cavite’s 122.
In her Davao Disaster Radio program October 26, 2020 episode, she attributed the surge of COVID-19 positive cases to mass gatherings and non-essential movement in Davao City. “There is an obvious surge from 200 to over 800 in one month. With such a number of COVID-19 positive cases, each patient can infect several others. If we have 837 active cases, we are looking for thousands who might also be infected,” she was quoted in the vernacular.
She reiterated in her E.O. Section 5, No. 2 of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Omnibus Guidelines dated October 22, 2020, which provides that the “movement of all persons in modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services, for work in the offices or industries and other allowed activities”.
Duterte said individuals have persistently disregarded the stay home or quarantine guideline under MGCQ and the non-essential movement prohibition under the IATF guidelines, which is why she issued E.O. 62.
Only movement for food, medicine, medical, dental, and allied medical services, health and wellness, money, work, or shelter will be allowed under E.O. 62. Travels for amusement, entertainment, leisure, and gaming are strictly prohibited.
All barangay and security group manning checkpoints must be in complete uniform and checkpoints must be properly identified whether as a barangay, police, or inter-unit checkpoint. Mutual courtesy and respect are expected of both those spearheading checkpoints and travelers.
Individuals who will access essential goods and services must present: any of the following for for work – employee ID, certificate of employment, and certification of labor/service (for those without employer-employee relationship); photocopy of the ID of employer or employee, and driver’s license of the driver for those picking up individuals to and from work; event invitation for family events; ID with address for walking, jogging, and cycling provided that the two-hour maximum exercise shall be computed to be within 10 kilometers radius of the residential address; certification of membership, gym ID, and appointment confirmation for fitness clubs; food and medicine pass, medicine prescription, and medical booklet for food and medicine; confirmation as a patient and/or confirmation of appointment (electronic or paper) for medical, allied-medical or dental services; and business permit, SEC registration for business, or DTI registration for business, and any other document for proof of business
Meanwhile, satisfactory verbal explanation, appointment confirmation, receipt of services rendered, and other documents to prove essential travel are required for church and other wellness activities; any document to prove the transaction is also needed when accessing government services; any document related to the office or email/SMS confirmation must be presented when entering banks or claiming and sending money via remittance centers; and student ID is required to access school modules.
Offices and establishments, according to the E.O., are also encouraged to require valid identification and documents when allowing people to enter their premises.
The use of Food and Medicine (FM) will also be revived and its implementation, along with the rest included in E.O. 62, will take effect on Tuesday, November 17. It will be used solely for buying food and medicines. While two individuals can be named on the pass per household, only either of them can use it at any given time. A valid ID is also needed to verify the name written on the FM pass.
FM passes with last digits 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 can use it on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while those with last digits 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 can use it on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
E.O. 62 violators shall be penalized through all existing applicable laws and ordinances. CIO