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Mayor Sara sees need to review FM pass in Davao City

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the city government needs to review the existing guidelines on the use of food and medicine (FM) pass as the city remains in an extended general community quarantine.

This was after Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that quarantine passes will not be necessary in Metro Manila when it shifts to GCQ starting June 1.

But with the absence yet of new guidelines, Duterte-Carpio said the local government will continue to implement the use of FM pass.

“Kinahanglan siya buhatan og guidelines before siya i-withdraw or i-continue with modification para dili magkagubot ang implementation sa ground (We need to craft guidelines before withdrawing it or to continue it with modification so it would not create confusion on the ground),” she said.

The mayor said she previously discussed the lifting of the FM pass system when the city shifted to GCQ but the security sector did not approve it.

“Initially, when the FM pass was discussed in relation to GCQ, wala mosugot ang atoang security sector nga tanggalon ang FM pass. Pero nag-ingon si Secretary Año nga dili daw kinahanglan ang quarantine passes during GCQ sa Metro Manila (Initially, when FM pass was discussed in relation to GCQ, the security sector did not approve to stop its implementation. But Secretary Año said that quarantine passes during GCQ are not needed in Metro Manila),” she said.

Under the FM pass system, residents are only allowed to go out of their homes when they need to buy food and medicine. It is also regulated by the Davao City Police Office by only allowing FM pass holders with numbers ending in 1,3,5,7,9 to go out every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while the FM passes ending 2,4,6,8,0, are allowed to go out every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. No FM pass is allowed to be used on Sundays.

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