City to reopen Roxas night market on September 1

The city government of Davao is gearing up to re-open the Roxas Night Market on September 1, 2020 on condition that the city will maintain current manageable number of Covid-19 cases. 

In line with this, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio reminded Dabawenyos to self-regulate as the city plans to re-open the Roxas Night Market next month. 
“Kung ma maintain nato kung unsa ang naa karon [nga number of Covid-19 cases], which is a number nga manageable sa atoang Covid-19 system diri sa Davao City, beginning September 1, then we will resume Roxas Night Market,” she said. 

Mayor Sara said what Dabawenyos should do is to instill self-discipline and self–regulation, otherwise, Covid-19 cases will increase. 

“Ang kinahanglan nato buhaton and i-remind sa tanan nga we need to instill self-discipline and self-regulation. Otherwise, modaghan ang atong cases, and manirado napud ta balik tanan, which is something nga dili nato gusto tanan. Nobody wants to go back to general community quarantine (GCQ), modified enhance community quarantine (MECQ), and enhance community quarantine (ECQ),” Mayor Sara said. 

The mayor has ordered the temporary closure of the Roxas Night Market last March 11 due to Covid-19 pandemic. She ordered for the temporary suspension of the night market as part of the precautionary measures of the city against the virus.

Roxas night market is a popular spot in Davao City among local street food lovers. 

Apart from re-opening the night market, the city is also considering the lifting of liquor ban next month.  

“Kinahanglan nga mag-kahiusa ta sa kinahanglan nato buhaton, very simple lang– stay at home, wear face masks, distansya sa ubang tao at least two meters, and frequent hand washing,” she said. 

The city is set to release a new guidelines for an Executive Order (EO) on August 3, 2020, as the city will continue under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status as declared by President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday. 

Mayor Sara said there will be changes in the implementation of MGCQ status in Davao City. 

“But sa MGCQ nato, i-lift nato ang FM pass ug curfew. Ngano? It’s because we want people to self-regulate,” 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 (DCPO) 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.