Mayor Evangelista places Kidapawan City under “community quarantine”


Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista has issued an executive order placing the entire city under “community quarantine.”

Under EO 25, which was signed Monday, March 16, the mayor said the community quarantine will take effect Wednesday, March 18.

“All persons situated within the City of Kidapawan should stay in their respective residences. They may be allowed to come out to the public for the following limited purposes: to work, to purchase essential goods for sustenance, such as food and medicine, or to go to the hospitals and other medical facilities to seek medical attention and intervention. All persons are hereby prohibited from unnecessary exposure to the public, other than the aforementioned purposes,” the EO read.

Evangelista authorized the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army to implement the community quarantine by setting up checkpoints and inspection of documents.

The EO also reiterated the prohibition of unnecessary gatherings, whether public or private.

Private employers are mandated to adopt and implement flexible work schedules to ensure less personal and physical interactions between their employees and the general transacting public.

The EO also reminded the public to maintain social distancing of at least one meter or four seats apart.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod and the City Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (CTFRB) were also requested to issue the respective issuances suspending the renewal of business permits and tricycle franchises for a period of two weeks.

“In the event that at least two positive COVID-19 cases be recorded, lockdown shall be declared,” the EO said.

In case of lockdown, all means of transportation entering Kidapawan City, whether through public or private vehicle, shall be prohibited, except when the vehicle is used by Kidapawan City residents or when the vehicle is registered under the name of a resident of Kidapawan City. In the event of a lockdown, non-residents of Kidapawan, even those working in the City, shall be prohibited from entering the same.

Any failure or refusal to comply with with any provision of the EO shall be dealt with in accordance with law, Evangelista said.