Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued Wednesday, March 18, an executive order extending the liquor ban to 15 hours daily amid the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-9) in the city.
EO No. 14 Series of 2020 provides for the temporary prohibition in the selling or servicing of liquors, alcoholic beverages, coconut wine and other nature wines, and the like that could cause intoxication from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
“It has been observed that selling, serving, and consumption of liquors and other similar other intoxicating drinks encourage close contact among people thereby defeating the objectives of the community quarantine,” Duterte-Carpio said in the EO.
The presidential daughter earlier issued another EO declaring a community quarantine in the city.
The EO said that amending the existing city ordinance on liquor ban from 1:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. would take sometime.
“(C)onsidering the present emergency situation, there is an urgent need to immediately address the concern and impose necessary measures to protect the Dabawenyos from COVID-19, particularly in temporarily adjusting the time of liquor ban until an amendatory ordinance is duly passed or Presidential Proclamation 922 is lifted,” the mayor said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has issued Proclamation 922, declaring a state of public health emergency throughout the Philippines due to COVID-19.
The EO took effect immediately and would prevail until the state of public health emergency is lifted.