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Davao City threatens perpetual closure of establishments violating ECQ

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The Davao City government has warned to file cases and perpetually ban business establishments from operating if they continue to violate the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the city.

This as the local government ordered the closure of over 50 non-essential business establishments during the ECQ.

A cease and desist order was issued to the non-essential stores and shops upon the recommendation of the joint inspection team formed by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio composed of the department heads from the Business Bureau, City Legal Office, City Health Office, Davao City Investment and Promotion Center, Museo Dabawenyo and the Integrated Gender and Development Division.

Lorna Mandin, who leads the inspection team, said the establishments considered non-essential are lumber shops, hardware, laundry shops, cellphone accessory stores, gun stores, flower shops, beauty salons, stores selling garments and shoes, and dine-in eateries.

“Some of these stores are located in Mintal, Tugbok, Calinan, Buhangin, Cabantian, Sandawa, Matina, Toril, Dumoy, Catalunan Pequeno, Bankerohan and A. Pichon St. and Matina Aplaya,” Mandin said.

The Business Bureau said that five of the inspected establishments are subject to further investigation by the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) for possible filing of cases due to some violations of the ECQ protocol.

The inspection team conducted a random inspection of business establishment in the city following information posted by concerned citizens on the different media platforms of the city government, including in the Davao City Reports and the Operations Center that they remained open despite ECQ guidelines.

Under ECQ, Davao City only allows essential establishments such as groceries, supermarkets, wet markets (palengke), food commissaries, food processing or manufacturing, food delivery services, wholesale food outlets, convenience stores, sari-sari stores, hospitals, medical laboratories, pharmacies, drugstores, other health services/personnel, banks and ATMs, savings and credit cooperatives. money-transfer services and bayad centers, pawnshops, courier services, other delivery services, doctor’s and dentist’s clinics, gas stations, water refilling stations, LPG stations, business process outsourcing/call centers, funeral parlors, cemeteries, and mass media outlets to operate.

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