Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Monday, March 8, that the local government will be more aggressive in its community surveillance where there are Covid-19 positive cases following the directive of the national government easing the travel protocols.
The local chief executive noted that even before the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 101 that mandated uniform travel protocols for land, air, and sea came out, the city government has already stopped the mandatory RT-PCR testing at the Davao International Airport (DIA).
Duterte-Carpio said she instead directed all the local government’s resources to testing in the communities.
“Since we loosen our entry, we must be aggressive in our community surveillance where there are COVID-19 positive cases,” she said.
While authorities relaxed the travel protocols for entry to Davao City, however, the mayor also said curfew and liquor ban are still in effect in the city.
IATF Resolution 101 mandates that issuing travel authority and health certificates are no longer required.
It also states that although mandatory RT-PCR testing of travelers is no longer required unless an LGU mandates it, health assessment of passengers with medical doctor supervision is mandated upon entry in port/terminal and exit at point of destination.
Duterte-Carpio vowed to follow the IATF resolution “in toto,” which includes implementing the minimum health public standards of physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and wearing of face masks and face shields; as well as conducting clinical and exposure assessment in all ports of entry and exit to ensure that only asymptomatic, non-close contact individuals are allowed to travel or enter the LGU of destination.
She also said that no traveler shall be required to undergo quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms upon their arrival.