Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued more guidelines to address the threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Posted in the city government’s Facebook page, the two guidelines laid out specific rules on the movement of Davao City residents and the holding of events that encourage the gathering of large numbers of people.

In an interview over a local government-owned Davao Disaster Radio 87.5, Duterte-Carpio insisted that the city is not implementing a lockdown but emphasized that residents are prohibited from leaving the city.

She said non-residents of Davao City should think twice before going to Davao. Duterte-Carpio added that those from outside the city may still come to the city but it would be better if they could postpone their travel.

She said residents should understand the drastic actions since the city has limited health facilities and that it cannot afford a widespread infection of COVID-19.

The points of both guidelines are the following:

  1. All Davao residents are prohibited from going out of Davao City.
  2. All short term visitors are advised to leave Davao City immediately.
  3. All travelers to Davao City are requested to postpone your visit until after the State of Public Health Emergency is lifted.
  4. Meetings, conventions, exhibits, conferences, parties, and all other similar social activities must be canceled until after the public health emergency has been lifted.
  5. All schools from kindergarten to post-graduate studies must cancel classes and immediately shift to online sessions and take home assignments. All recognition and graduation ceremonies should be postponed until after the public health emergency is lifted.
  6. All restaurants, hotels, and other event centers must postpone scheduled events until after the public health emergency has been lifted.
  7. Everyone is advised not to attend masses, prayer meetings, and other faith-based and religious gatherings.
  8. Everyone is advised to stay at home and refrain from going to public places.
  9. All Department Heads are mandated to create a ‘work from home’ plan for most employees. Offices shall create minimum workforce to ensure that government work shall not be disrupted.
  10. All City Government offices will not accept visitors. Everyone is advised to call trunkline (082) 241 1000 or email the office you need to contact.
  11. All submissions to the City Government shall be received at the Almendras gym with the designated personnel to receive and record submissions.  (Rommel F. Lopez)