Public and private transportation from all areas in Davao Region placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) will be allowed entry in the province of Davao Oriental starting Monday (June 1).
In a statement Friday, Governor Nelson Dayanghirang said all the chief executives of the province’s 11 local government units have agreed on the set of policies and measures to be implemented amid the impending opening of the provincial borders.
Davao Oriental’s decision to open up the borders of all GCQ areas is based on the Omnibus Guidelines issued by the national government through the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
To regulate the persons coming in, the borders will only be opened for all public and private vehicles from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For public utility vehicles, only “one bus route per day” will be allowed. Picking up and dropping off of passengers anywhere besides its destination is strictly prohibited.
Passengers of private vehicles will be assessed at the provincial border and those who have flu-like symptoms will be contained at the border and will be fetched by their local government unit for isolation and swabbing.
Dayanghirang said he is thankful to the Davao Regional Task Force on Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) headed by Mayor Sara Duterte who agreed with the governors of the Davao Region to provide enough time to the local government units to set up screening protocols and deploy the required personnel.
“We need to follow what is mandated under the law. We will not impede the movement of people coming in and out of our province. However, we also have to set up screening protocols in order to protect our people,” he said.
He said the provincial government is implementing strengthened and stricter health screening measures at all provincial border entry points as well as terminals.
Included in the policy is the strict implementation of the “no embarkation form, no entry policy” in which all passengers coming in the province must fill out a form that can be downloaded online or provided at the borders.
Dr. Reden Bersaldo, action officer of the Provincial Task Force on Covid-19, said the province is implementing these measures to ensure that there is a slim chance for Covid-19 suspects to come in undetected.
“And even if they will be able to enter, we can easily contact trace them,” Bersaldo said, noting that the Provincial Task Force has carefully looked into the details anticipating the influx of the returning residents.
Meanwhile, all returning residents without symptoms will still undergo a 14-day quarantine at their respective homes.
Source: Philippines News Agency