Mayor Sara asks law enforcers to bring meter stick to remind Dabawenyos on physical distancing


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has ordered intensified campaign on ways to cut the chain of coronavirus transmission in the city, including bringing of a meter stick by the law enforcers to remind people to observe physical distancing.

The local chief executive said Friday, August 7, the police, barangay tanods, and other security forces roving around public places should carry with them the meter stick “to show the required one-meter distancing.”

For more visibility, Duterte-Carpio said the city government has come out with banners, posters, and t-shirts to remind Dabawenyos of the campaign on staying at home, wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent washing of hands.

The “Stay Home” campaign banners the tagline “Save Money, Save Lives, Stay Home”. This is printed in banners, tarpaulins posted on city government buildings and elsewhere in the city. This is also printed on t-shirts for city government employees to wear from Mondays to Thursdays.

“When you stay at home, therefore, you do not spend money. And, of course, if you do not get infected with Covid-19, you can also save money. If you do not get infected or infect others, you save lives,” Duterte-Carpio said.

The “Stay Home” campaign is separated from three other protocols to give way to businesses operating despite the pandemic.

The mayor also said that she is reaching out to the private sector to have their campaign materials for the wearing of masks, social distancing, and frequent handwashing with soap and water to remind Dabawenyos of their simple but “impactful” contribution to the fight against Covid-19.