Mayor Sara tells Dabawenyos to prepare for GCQ


Davao City may return to a stricter general community quarantine (GCQ) due to continued rise in coronavirus cases.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Monday, July 13, that she received an advance information from the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases that Davao City, which is currently under the modified GCQ (MGCQ), will revert to GCQ starting Wednesday, July 15.

But she said she will appeal to the IATF ro reconsider the quarantine classification of the city.

In the meantime, Duterte-Carpio urged Dabawenyos to prepare for GCQ and to review the latest version of the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines issued on July 2, 2020.

“If our appeal to remain under MGCQ is denied, I request everyone to review the July 2 version of our Omnibus guidelines, go over the guidelines under GCQ so we remember what we should do during a GCQ. We should get ready for a GCQ status,” she said.

The guidelines on GCQ is under Section 4 of the Omnibus Guidelines that include limiting of in-dining services to 30 percent capacity only and prohibiting entertainment establishments like comedy bars and karaoke to operate and mass gatherings with more than 10 people.

Based on the latest data from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), Davao City has 162 active positive cases, the highest number of active cases since the Covid-19 outbreak started in March this year. The number of recoveries is at 382 and 35 deaths.