Robredo advises Davao City to learn from Cebu in containing Covid-19 cases


President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown, Davao City, which is now considered as one of the emerging Covid-19 “epicenters” in the country, may learn lessons from Cebu City on how it has been handling coronavirus pandemic, Vice President Leni Robredo said.

Citing the recent statement of OCTA Research, Robredo, in her radio program on Sunday, June 13, said Davao City is one of the Covid-19 epicenters with recorded cases even higher than that of Quezon City now.

“Medyo nakaka-alarm ito kase mas mataas siya kesa Quezon City. Pero all over the Philippines, pinaka-most populated (is) Quezon City, almost 3 million. Almost 3 million ang population ng Quezon City, alam ko as of 2020, parang nasa 2.9 (million) ang official number, siguro 3 million na iyon ngayon,” she said.

Davao City, on the other hand, she said has an estimated 1.8 million population as of 2020.

“So, the mere fact na mas mataas siya (Davao City), mas alarming iyon kasi mas kaunti ang kanyang population,” she said.

Robredo said it might help if Davao City could look into how Cebu City has been able to control the spike of Covid-19 cases there.

“Kasi kung titingnan mo ngayon na nagsaspike na, sa Cebu parang controlled, ‘di ba? Parang controlled and marami ang ginawa—ang partnership doon…hindi lang talaga LGU (local government unit) pero very active doon ang medical community. In fact, noong pumunta kami, nakatrabaho talaga namin ang medical community, very, very active sila doon…so tingin ko ang mga lessons sa Cebu, ganoon din. Makakapulot ng aral ang Davao,” Robredo explained.

According to the Department of Health (DOH)-Davao, as of June 13, Davao City has a total 19,833 Covid-19 cases, including 3,353 active cases, 15,677 recoveries, and 803 deaths.