No need to control influx of visitors: Sara

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said there is no need to stop accepting individuals from Metro Manila as cases of COVID-19 in Davao City is still manageable. 

Locally stranded individuals (LSIs) are reported temporarily banned from returning to Western Visayas and Caraga to contain the spread of the virus. 

“Sa karon I can say na manageable pa siya (cases) so there is no need na mag-stop ta mag-dawat ug mga tao nga gikan ug Metro Manila. Kung stranded ka karon, stranded gihapon ka ugma kay naa man ta sa quarantine ug wala ta kahibalo unsay mahitabo by July 1, 2020,” Mayor Sara said. 

The city has been preparing the city’s health systems by implementing protocols and establishing facilities in preparation for the influx of stranded individuals.  

“Kung dili ta ready karon, okay lang na stop nato (ang pagdawat) to allow us to prepare para pagsulod nila (individuals) positive sila, ma-catch sila and ma-manage nato ang COVID-19 situation. But kita diri sa Davao City during the ECQ and before the GCQ nag- andam nata para sa ingon ani na situation nga mudaghan ang mga tao nga musulod sa Davao City ug mu-daghan ang atoang confirmed COVID-19 cases ug dapat ma-manage nato ug tarong para dili mu-paspas ang pag-daghan sa cases,” she said in a live interview with Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) 87.5.

“Normal nga mu-daghan kay naa man ta’y local transmission pero ang dili nato gusto kay paspas kaau nga widespread sa local transmission,” she added.  

Based on the assessment conducted by the Inter-Agency Task Force Region 11 two weeks after opening the Davao International Airport (DIA) for commercial flights last June 8, Davao City can accommodate more people to come in. 

“Sa karon manageable pa ug dili nako na matubag two weeks after. But since nag-open ang atoang flights atong June 8, kana lang atong basehan, before nag-end ang two weeks nag assessment ang interagency kung unsa ang status and it was decided na we can accommodate more people to come in. Mao to nadungagan ang atong mga flights,” Mayor Sara said. 

According to her, the inter-agency will conduct assessment on the cases of COVID-19 every two weeks. 

“Should we wait na mudaghan ang atoang mga kaso bago ta muingon na manarado nata? No, because sa pagka-karon naglisod naman gani tanan ang mga tao ug lihok so mag- worsen ang ilaha situation kung atoang sirad-an ang atoang syudad,” she said. 

The presidential daughter also reminded the public that under general community quarantine (GCQ), which is a less strict quarantine level than the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) leisure, amusement, gaming, fitness, tourism, and religious gatherings and conferences are not allowed.

“Ang puwede lang mulihok katong ga-negosyo ug katong mga naga-trabaho. Ang COVID-19 dili ni siya mahuman tomorrow or by December or by next year, mahuman ra ni siya kung dunay tambal ug vaccine or miracle nga mawala ni siya ug kalit,” she said.