12,000 city employees as walking ‘stay home’ billboards

For Dabawenyos to always remember that the Davao City is still under quarantine, the 12,000-strong city hall personnel will serve as virtual walking advertisements by wearing shirts printed with ‘Stay Home’ messages as uniform starting Monday. 

This is in line with the city government’s ‘Stay Home’ campaign to create awareness among Dabawenyos who remain stubborn and do not follow health and quarantine protocols implemented. 

“Sa pagka-karon we have a new campaign, Stay Home campaign of the city government of Davao and this consists of awareness pag-pahibalo sa mga tao nga there is a quarantine its called modified general community quarantine and pag-muingon ta ug quarantine we need to stay home. You only go out according to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) para mu-trabaho or for essential goods and services,” said Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in a live interview with Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) 87.5 on Friday.  

The city has established a memorandum with all city government of Davao employees to make the ‘Stay Home’ shirt as uniform until further notice. 

“Gibuhat nato na walking advertisement ang atoang mga 12,000 city hall employees, because daghan sa atong employees naa pud sa dalan atoang frontliners CENRO, CTTMO, police auxiliary. Tanan employees nato since they move around gibuhat nato silang walking ad. We asked them to wear the uniform “stay home” until further notice,” she said.

Employees will wear the new uniform beginning Monday throughout the week except Friday which is wash day. 

Through the said campaign, the city has also mounted ‘Stay Home’ banners all around the city reminding the people that the city is still under quarantine and need to stay home. 

“Kung makita nila naa na’y mga areas sa atong mga dalan nga naa na’y tarpaulins which says save money, because kung mag-pondo ka sa imong balay, therefore wala gyud kay gasto. Dili ka mugasto ug plete, palit ug pagkaon sa gawas, dili ka ma-tempt mupalit ug mga butang nga dili nimo kinahanglan, and all others nga kinahanglan gamitan nimo ug kuwarta. You save money. And save lives. Kung dili ka matakdan ug dili ka makatakod and you save lives and stay at home,” Mayor Sara said. 

Apart from the ‘Stay Home’ campaign, the city is also intensifying the promotion of the three basic health protocols that Dabawenyos need to remember: wearing of face mask in all public places, social distancing, and frequent handwashing. 

“Gi re-intensify nato ni because ingon sa doktor mao lang gyud ni ang buhaton para maputol ang transmission,” the mayor said. 

The city has resorted to implement the new campaigns considering that almost 5,000 individuals were apprehended in Davao City for various community quarantine violations. 

“Sa tinuod lang, kanang out of ideas nami kung paunsa pa pasudlon sa alimpatakan sa mga tao nga duna ta’y quarantine and they need to stay at home. Kung mugawas man ta mag-suot ta ug mask and distancing ta mag-palayo sa mga tao at least one meter and then handwashing, kaning upat dako na kaayo ni siya ug tabang to reduce cases,” she said.

“Ingon sa doktor, bisan kani lang daw ang buhaton sa mga tao strict compliance sa quarantine, sa face mask, ug sa distancing ug sa handwashing dako na kaayo ug tabang sa pag-push down sa cases sa Covid-19 because according to medical specialist, ang transfer ana is from person to person so kung walay another person na matakdan ang virus therefore putol na ang transmission. Mao pud na siya ang explanation sa isolation, nga ang tao na positive gina-isolate siya all others so that wala’y maambakan ang virus. Importante lang na mahinumduman sa mga tao nga dili maka-ambak ang virus kung layo mo sa tao nga infected. Since daghan ang asymptomatic, its best to assume na mainfect ang tanang tao nga magian nimo,” Mayor Sara added.