MAYOR STOPS QUAR­AN­TINE PASSES

Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Car­pio said barangays should wait for the lo­cal govern­ment’s in­struc­tions to avoid chaos and con­fu­sion Some barangays in the city have been dis­tribut­ing quar­an­tine passes to limit the move­ment of the peo­ple while com­mu­nit

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - BY JULIET C. REVITA & RALPH LAWRENCE G. LLEMIT Re­porter

THE Davao City govern­ment is­sued a cease and de­sist or­der to all barangay off­i­cals from is­su­ing quar­an­tine passes as it starts to draw con­fu­sion among Dabawenyos and so­cial dis­tanc­ing pro­to­cols have been com­pro­mised.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day morn­ing, March 25, the City Govern­ment of Davao ad­vised the vil­lage chiefs to stop the giv­ing of these passes while wait­ing for clear guide­lines from the lo­cal govern­ment unit.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Car­pio, in a ra­dio in­ter­view on 87.5 FM Davao City Dis­as­ter Ra­dio yes­ter­day, March 25, said she halted the is­suance of the passes since the city is not yet un­der en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine.

“Nakit-an man gud nako nga ini­tially OK siya kung within the barangay ka lang. Ideal gyud siya. Pero when you go out sa barangay, dili na siya mahi­mong pos­si­ble be­cause dili uni­fied ila­hang guide­lines. Managlahin­g kap­i­tan, lahi pud ang ilang guide­lines (Ini­tially, it was OK if the passes would be within the barangays. How­ever, it is no longer ideal when you go out of the barangay since other barangays have dif­fer­ent guide­lines),” Duterte-Car­pio said.

She said that passes are only is­sued when there is a “lock­down”. Based from the is­sued na­tional guide­lines on the en­hanced quar­an­tine, this means all work in pub­lic and pri­vate are sus­pended and shifted to “work from home” ex­cept for es­sen­tial work­force such as po­lice and med­i­cal per­son­nel; all mass trans­porta­tion are sus­pended; and all es­tab­lish­ments are closed ex­cept for food and health.

She added other barangays have also been is­su­ing dif­fer­ent passes such as food pass, work pass, and all other passes, which led her to is­sue the sus­pen­sion of giv­ing passes to their con­stituents.

Although she said she ap­pre­ci­ates the ef­forts of the barangay of­fi­cials in their ini­tia­tive to en­sure that all of the city man­dates are strictly im­ple­mented within their re­spec­tive barangays, how­ever, the mayor said they should wait for the lo­cal govern­ment’s in­struc­tions to avoid chaos and con­fu­sion.

Some barangays in the city have been dis­tribut­ing quar­an­tine passes to limit the move­ment of the peo­ple while com­mu­nity quar­an­tine is still in ef­fect. Peo­ple have been ad­vised to stay in their re­spec­tive homes to pre­vent trans­mis­sion of the coro­n­avirus dis­ease.

Peo­ple may only come out from their houses if they are go­ing to work, buy food or medicines, go to the hospi­tal or take out the garbage.

How­ever, some res­i­dents who have not got­ten their own quar­an­tine passes start to worry. They worry that they can­not go out if they do not have the pass.

Ac­cord­ing to Grace Flores, a res­i­dent of Sun­rise, Barangay Panacan, Davao City as of yes­ter­day, they did not re­ceive passes yet. She wor­ried that she will not be al­lowed to go out.

“Daghan kaayo mi naghu­lat dri ma­hata­gan ug quar­an­tine pass asa na­man ang mag panon sa una mangumpa­nya karun kay dugay kaayo ang ak­siyon ba­hala wa koy madawat na rasyon im­por­tante maka gawas maka­palit ug kailangano­n sa gawas (We have been wait­ing to re­ceive quar­an­tine passes. Where are the peo­ple dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign? Act faster. I don’t care if I can­not get the ra­tion as long as I can get out and buy our ne­ces­si­ties),” she said.

Also, a cer­tain Pe­dro Tumbi posted a video yes­ter­day on the sys­tem of quar­an­tine passes dis­tri­bu­tion in a barangay in To­ril that clearly did not ob­serve so­cial dis­tanc­ing. Res­i­dents in the barangay start to flock in the hope that they can get their pass.

Tumbi rec­om­mended that it should have been done house to house to avoid com­mo­tion, which would only put peo­ple at risk in con­tract­ing the virus.

Some ne­ti­zens also re­ported that Barangay Ag­dao of­fi­cials are charg­ing P50 for the passes.

There were also ne­ti­zens who posted on their so­cial me­dia ac­counts that some are only pri­or­i­tiz­ing vot­ers.

Mean­while, Barangay Ti­bungco Barangay Cap­tain Mer­jade Calvo told Suns­tar Davao that her barangay will abide by the mayor’s man­date.

Prior to the sus­pen­sion of the passes, Calvo said they noted a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion of peo­ple roam­ing around in their barangay.

It also lessens the num­ber of vi­o­la­tors. There are des­ig­nated purok lead­ers who en­sure that peo­ple will only go out of their house for nec­es­sary pur­poses.

“Sa atong gi is­sue nga Home Quar­an­tine Pass, atong nakita ug na ap­pre­ci­ate ang sup­port and par­tic­i­pa­tion sa katawhan (When we is­sued the passes, we saw the sup­port and par­tic­i­pa­tion of our con­stituents),” she said.

De­spite the sus­pen­sion, she re­it­er­ated her call to her con­stituents to fol­low the guide­lines set by the city govern­ment. These are only meant to en­sure their pro­tec­tion from the pan­demic that threat­ens pub­lic health.

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