The Davao City government urged Tuesday non-residents to avoid unnecessary travel to the city amid the rising number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases even if the city is already under the general community quarantine (GCQ).
In a statement, the local government said the public could expect long lines at the checkpoints and airport.
“Everyone is advised to avoid unnecessary travel to Davao City because of the increasing Covid-19 confirmed cases in our area,” it said.
As of 8:00 a.m. of May 19, there were 206 confirmed Covid-19 positive cases, with 94 recoveries and 25 deaths.
The city government said that the entry to the city during the GCQ can only be allowed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday due to the limited number of qualified health personnel to conduct the health screening.
Citing the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Omnibus Guidelines dated May 15, 2020, Sec. 7 (6), it said that movement of persons across areas placed under GCQ and modified GCQ for any purpose other than leisure shall be permitted.
“Anybody can go out of Davao City anytime, the Omnibus Guidelines do not require the City Government to issue travel orders to individuals who intend to go out of the city,” it said.
However, the city government said all incoming individuals to Davao City shall be subjected to a health screening upon arrival at the land checkpoint, seaport, and airport.
The health screening conducted will determine whether a person shall go to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) for RT-PCR testing and quarantine facility or proceed to a 14-day mandatory home quarantine, it said.
For short stay individuals and workers coming in and out everyday, it said they shall be subjected to the same health screening every time they enter the city but they will not be mandated to be quarantined.
They shall, however, be sent to the SPMC if they fail the health screening, it added.