Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio (left) with her brother, Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte (right) (Davao City PIO photo)

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the city may revert to the stricter General Community Quarantine (GCQ) on July 15, 2020.

The mayor made the announcement over the city’s Disaster Radio Monday morning after receiving an advance notice from the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) that Davao City will be reverted to GCQ starting Wednesday.

Davao City currently is under the less strict Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

The mayor and presidential daughter assured her constituents that she will be appealing to the IATF to reconsider its quarantine reclassification of Davao City.

If in case her appeal will be denied by the IATF, Duterte-Carpio advised In the meantime, the mayor advised Dabawenyos to review the latest version of the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines issued on July 2, 2020.

“Kung ma deny gihapon ang appeal nga magpabilin ta og MGCQ, may I request everyone nga duna tay July 2 nga version sa Omnibus Guidelines nga atoa lang i-review, pasadahan nato kung unsa tong GCQ para mahinumdom ta kung unsa atoang kinahanglan buhaton during a GCQ. So maayo nang mangandam ta daan for a status nga GCQ. (If our appeal to remain under MGCQ is denied, I request everyone to review the July 2 version of our Omnibus guidelines, go over the guidelines under GCQ so we remember what we should do during a GCQ. We should get ready for a GCQ status),”  she said

Once under GCQ, in-dining services will be limited once again to 30 percent capacity only, prohibiting entertainment establishments like comedy bars and karaoke to operate and limiting mass gatherings like Masses with more than ten (10) people.

Davao City saw a steady rise in coronavirus cases the past weeks. Data from the city’s Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) show 162 active positive cases, the highest number of active cases since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak in March this year. The city has a recorded 382 recoveries and 35 deaths. (Rommel F. Lopez)