Mayor Sara thumbs down calls to shorten curfew hours in Davao City


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has rejected calls to shorten the curfew hours in the city amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease.

The local chief executive, during her radio program Monday, October 19, said the doctors advised the city government the need for more time to stop the extra-curricular activities of the people to contain the spread of Covid-19.

In interviews with Covid-19 patients, she noted that some of the extra-curricular activities usually happen after 5 p.m. when most people are done with their work.

Duterte-Carpio said that as of October 18, Davao City has registered 573 active Covid-19 cases.

“Our active cases are still high. The goal is to reduce it to two digits, from 10 to 99,” she said.

Duterte-Carpio said it was initially proposed to have the curfew at 5 p.m. but they moved it to 7 p.m. instead to consider those who will do some marketing and grocery shopping after work. Based on Executive Order No. 55, curfew in Davao City is from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Exempted from the curfew are market vendors who have to prepare their products by 3 a.m. and those who will buy large quantities for their own businesses such as eateries; agricultural and non-agricultural establishments; and those carrying perishable and non-perishable cargoes.

Also not covered by the curfew are government workers who are on duty during curfew hours; all private office and establishment employees who time in and time out of work within the curfew hours and who have to travel back to their residences; all medical doctors and veterinarians who need to work; and workers of public utility companies (energy, water, internet, etc.) conducting construction, maintenance or emergency activities.

Authorized subsistence and business fishing activities, individuals attending the wake of a family member; and all medical, emergency, and disaster cases are also exempted from the curfew.

However, exempted workers must present employee’s IDs to inspectors at checkpoints beyond curfew hours.