Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced on Thursday that the city government of Davao has submitted a proposal for additional flights to the central office of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
The proposed new flights are Manila-Davao-Manila every Monday via Cebu Pacific; Manila-Davao-Manila every Wednesday via AirAsia; Manila-Davao-Manila every Thursday via Philippine Airlines (PAL); Davao-Iloilo-Davao every Friday via PAL and Davao-Clark-Davao also every Friday via PAL.
“Duna ta gi-submit na proposal for additional flights and the new schedules came up during the inter-agency meeting conducted together with Davao International Airport (DIA) and CAAP,” Mayor Sara said.
The mayor reminded the public that with more people arriving in Davao City due to the proposed additional flights, they must continue to practice Covid-19 safety protocols like physical distancing.
“Possibly daghan na pasulod ug Davao ug mag-remind ta sa tanan nga dili ta muduol sa bag-ong niabot especially tong naa sa quarantine. Magpalayo ta sa ilaha hangtod mahuman ilang quarantine. If anytime during their 14-day quarantine, mag-manifest sila ug symptoms derecho sila sa Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) para ma-testing sila,” she said.
The city has resumed regular commercial flights from DIA since June 8, 2020. Existing routes from DIA are: Manila-Davao-Manila every Monday via PAL; Cebu-Davao-Cebu every Tuesday via PAL and Cebu Pacific; Manila-Davao-Manila every Wednesday via Cebu Pacific; Cebu-Davao-Cebu every Thursday via AirAsia; Manila-Davao-Manila every Friday via AirAsia; and Clark-Davao-Clark every Saturday via AirAsia.
Voluntary and free COVID-19 testing
The mayor also announced that starting Monday (June 29), the city government of Davao will start implementing voluntary and free COVID-19 testing via real time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) to passengers who arrived in Davao City via air travel since June 8, 2020.
“Manawagan nata sa ilaha katong mga nag-abot sa Davao City by air travel sugod atong June 8, naa ta libreng COVID-19 RT-PCR testing sa ilaha and this is voluntary,” she said.
Volunteer passengers may reach out to the city’s COVID -19 Operation Center Hotlines if they want to avail the free testing.
“Volunteers lang, asymptomatic o symptomatic, puwede mo mag-pa-test. Mao ni among pamaagi para mangita ug pasyente ug ang mga doctors pud nag-sulti na i-test sila,” she said.
Presently, the city government of Davao has allocated budget for the 1,000 test kits for the free testing.
“Nakig-istorya pa pud mi sa laboratoy kay ingon sila nga kung daghan or kung 10 kabuok mubaba pa ang cost sa test kits,” she said.