Davao City will survive.
This was the bold assessment of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who on Friday made the assurance that the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is a challenge that will be overcome by Dabawenyos.
Through a video announcement on Friday, the mayor said the public is facing a public health emergency on two fronts: the Covid-19 and the limitations of the city’s health facilities to respond to a huge segment of the population getting infected with the coronavirus.
She reiterated there is no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Davao City as of the moment, but it will not be long before the reality of the disease will reach Dabawenyos’ doorsteps.
“Many of us get sick and our city will be paralyzed and will be at a standstill. We need to ensure that no one gets sick and if we do get patients, we need to be able to respond to them and at the same time, prevent the further spread of the disease,” Mayor Sara said.
The city has outlined three things for the public: Do not leave Davao City, stop unnecessary travels and stay home; distance yourself from everyone else and do not go near other people; and wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
“The city government of Davao, in coordination with other government agencies and the private sector, is preparing for the possible influx of Covid-19 positive patients,” she said.
Mayor Sara also urged the public not to panic. She said hoarding of food, toothpaste, tissue papers, and other grocery supplies is not a guarantee that one is protected from Covid-19.
“Hoarding is a futile attempt and a total waste of your money. Again, we ask for your support and cooperation. We ask for your help in making sure no one gets sick. If we stand together, strong and resilient will be able to overcome this health emergency,” she said.
Meanwhile, in line with the guidelines on Covid-19 recently issued by the city government of Davao, the Sangguniang Panlungsod also announced that there will be no committee hearings for one month.
Also starting next week it will be “No ID, No entry for all” and only employees with ID will be allowed entry at the 2nd floor of SP.
Only members of the City Council will be allowed entry during sessions and one staff may deliver pertinent documents for the respective councilors during session. Staff and audience are strictly prohibited at the gallery.