Mayor Sara reminds Dabawenyos to observe health, safety protocols amid Omicron threat


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has reminded the Dabawenyos to keep adhering to the minimum public health standards (MPHS) amid the reported cases of Omicron coronavirus variant in some countries.

“For the past two weeks, it has been a struggle to make people understand that we need to continue with the minimum public health standards we have been implementing and these are the wearing of mask, distancing, frequent hand washing with soap and water, practicing good hygiene,” Duterte-Carpio said.

The easing of Covid-19 protocols restrictions due to the Alert Level 2 status of Davao City has allowed more movement in establishments, where seniors and minors are already allowed entry, the lifting of curfew hours, modification of the liquor ban, and the removal of the mandatory barriers in public utility jeepneys and motorcycles. The test-before-travel in sea, air, and land travels were also lifted.

The mayor said if the people would ignore the MPHS, particularly the wearing of face masks and avoiding mass gatherings, “we would expect a surge in the coming month or days.”

She said the city government will strictly implement the MPHS and prevent any mass gathering that is not allowed by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) guidelines under Alert Level 2.