Davao City take strict steps in fight vs COVID-19

Sara Duterte Carpio

DAVAO City has started limiting the movements of the people to prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from spreading.

Mayor Sara Duterte has reiterated her call for Dabawenyos to continue following enhanced community quarantine guidelines, especially the “stay at home” order.

The city officials will start using the number coding scheme on the use of Food and Medicine (FM) pass to further limit the movement of people.

“I hope the people will understand because we are carriers of the virus, we are moving around and spreading the virus. This is why we need to stay in our homes so we do not get the virus," Mayor Sara said.

Starting April 18, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) which is tasked to implement the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will use the number coding scheme.

The number coding scheme was adopted following observation that many people and private vehicles are on the road despite the lockdown rules.

Under the number coding scheme, the FM passes with control numbers beginning with 1,3,5,7,9 can be used by the holder on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while FM passes with control numbers 2,4,6,8,0 can be used on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

No FM passes are allowed to be used on Sundays. This is the day when supermarkets and grocery stores are requested to conduct disinfection and sanitize their premises.

DCPO has also set up 46 control points near wet markets and grocery stores all over the city to check and ensure that people use the FM pass according to number coding.

Violators of the number coding will face charges such as disobedience and violation of the Bayanihan Act.

The authorized persons and all frontliners specified under Executive Order 23-B are exempted from the number coding scheme.