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City government set to lift FM pass, curfew by Monday

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has announced that the implementation of Food and Medicine Pass (FM Pass), curfew will soon be lifted. The liquor ban is set a little later but under certain conditions. 

In a live interview with government-run Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) 87. 5 on Friday, Mayor Sara said an Executive Order (E.O) for the lifting of FM pass and curfew hours will be released on Monday. 

“I-lift nato ang FM pass ug curfew. Mugawas ang EO sa Lunes. Ngano kinahanglan i-lift? Because we want people to self-regulate. Naa gihapon ta’y quarantine, meaning naa gihapon ta’y stay at home. Ang vulnerable sectors allowed sila mugawas kung necessary and to exercise,” she said. 
The liquor ban will be lifted later on August 30, 2020 on the condition that Davao City will maintain the manageable number of Covid-19 cases. 

“Kung maka-self regulate na ta ug kung ma-maintain nato ang number sa cases na manageable, by August 30 we will lift the liquor ban and we will resume the Roxas Night Market,” Mayor Sara said. 

Meanwhile, Davao City and other provinces in Davao Region remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until August 15, 2020, according to President Rodrigo Duterte during his Talk to the People Address aired on July 31, 2020.

“Gusto ko mahibalo na tanan na ang tinuod nato na classification sa IATF is GCQ pero ni appeal ta nga magpabilin ug MGCQ atong status. Maayo kay naaprove nila atong request,” said Mayor Sara. 

“Kinahanglan masabtan sa mga tao na there is quarantine and there is a need to stay home. Kung mugawas wear mask, magdala-dala ug alcohol ug practice frequent handwashing,” she added. 

Other provinces in Davao Region that remain under MGCQ status are Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental.   

Areas and regions in Mindanao that also remain under MGCQ are: Region 9 (Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay); Region 10 (Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Iligan City, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, and Cagayan de Oro City); Region 12 (North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, General Santos City, and Cotabato City); Region 13 Caraga (Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Butuan City); and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM- Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi). 

Meanwhile, the President has downgraded Cebu City’s lockdown status to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting August 1 to 15, 2020. 

On the other hand, The National Capital Region will also remain under GCQ. Other areas under GCQ are Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal for Luzon; Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion for the Visayas; and Zamboanga City for Mindanao.

For NCR and Region 4-A to maintain their GCQ classification, the National Task Force, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic Teams will implement in areas with high community transmission a strictly localized lockdown/ECQ in barangays where 80 percent of cases are located and the publication of these barangays.

The rest of the Philippines is under MGCQ. 

The local government units (LGUs) are directed to submit daily updates and weekly comprehensive reports containing daily trend of active cases, number and percent of population; cases in community isolation facility vs. health facility vs. home for priority areas or barangays under localized lockdown.  

Included metrices to be submitted by LGUs are percent of close contacts traced and percent of contacts in quarantine; number of utilization of community isolation beds; met health system capacity targets utilization; and COVID Special Teams investigations and results.  

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has approved the recommendations of the IATF Screening and Validation Committee that beginning August 1, 2020, the community quarantine  classification of provinces, Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs), and the Independent Component Cities (ICCs) based on epidemic risk level, economic, social, and security considerations, and the appeals and commitment of local government units (LGUs).