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Sara to place Davao City under ECQ

Hananeel Bordey

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Stricter protocols will be imposed starting Saturday in Davao City after Mayor Sara Duterte signed Executive No. 23 placing President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)
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The EO will take effect until 19 April, but can be extended or withdrawn depending on the circumstances and under the ECQ, government offices will work from home but will leave its skeleton workforce in its offices except for security, health, social services, sanitation and disaster departments.

Private establishments will be closed except supermarkets, groceries, wet markets, food commissaries, pharmacies, drugstores, banks and ATMs, money transfer services, mass media outlets, call centers, and medical and dental laboratories, among others.

Construction and manufacturing works that are not relevant to the public health emergency will be suspended while agri-business and farms should minimize its workload, while ambulant food vendors will be allowed in the barangays but they are limited to two workers, one driver and one assistant.

All jeepney operations will stop except those who were commissioned by the government or private businesses, while other modes of transportation, however, will be allowed specifically private vehicles, taxis with one passenger in front and one at the back, tricycles with one passenger in front and one at the back, single-rider motorcycles or bicycle, and free bus rides from the government.

Davaoeños should also carry their identification cards or food and medicine pass with valid IDs at all times.

Selling and consumption of alcoholic beverages are not allowed from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m.
People are not allowed to go out except for emergency cases from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. IDs or passes are not needed in the event of an emergency.

The curfew will also exempt government employees in security, health, social services, sanitation, and disaster departments, employees of supermarkets, food and manufacturing, wet markets, medical laboratories, food delivery services, pharmacies, drugstores, and other establishments who can continue its operations pursuant to EO 23.

The food and medical passes, which can bear two names, can be used to buy food or go to the hospital from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Minors, senior citizens, pregnant women, sick, and immunocompromised residents can go out of their residences but they are not allowed to go to medical institutions.

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