Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Monday, May 25, that the city could no longer afford to have another enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) although the final decision remains with the national government amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
The local chief executive expressed belief that the city might be placed under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) or would continue to be under GCQ after May 31.
“Wala na tay two months nga lockdown because we cannot afford (it), although naay mga tao na kayanon nila nga two months dili mugawas sa ilahang balay, mas daghan ang tao nga dili pwede mag two months lockdown,” she said over the Davao City Disaster Radio.
She said the local government is trying to manage all the confirmed Covid-19 cases and fast-track the contract tracing.
But the mayor acknowledged that coronavirus would remain.
“Kung ako lang, mag forecast lang ko base sa number sa SPMC (Southern Philippine Medical Center), its either GCQ or MGCQ. Basta wala lay mahitabo between now until May 31, anything na dako, it’s either GCQ or MGCQ ni siya,” she said.
But she added that the final decision would be made by the IATF.
As of 8:00 a.m. of May 25, there were 235 COVID-19 positive cases, with 111 recoveries and 25 deaths.
“Gikan sa May 1 ang atoang positive sa SPMC niabot tag 100, karong adlawa (May 25) 99. Basehan lang nako ni nga number, kani lang ang akoang basehan ha pero ang atong IATF duna silay ginagamit na measurement naa na silay sistema and measurement kung unsa na klase na quarantine ka,” Duterte-Carpio said.