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Davao LGUs agree for time to set-up health screening systems

Philippine Information Agency
24 May 2020, 09:38 GMT+10

DAVAO CITY May 22 (PIA)- Local government units along the borders with Davao City have agreed to give them time to prepare their respective health screening system before allowing people to pass through.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio revealed this information following the meeting with local chief executives in Davao Region today.

"Since the quarantine will be lifted eventually, the LGUs agreed the need for time to set up their respective health screening in the boundaries of the Davao City," she said.

Duterte-Carpio requested all LGUs to give access to people going to the city as a way of respecting their freedom to travel especially those from other regions in Mindanao.

She said the provincial buses will be operational on May 25, 2020.

Earlier, Duterte-Carpio issued a statement that the local government unit of Davao City is guided by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Omnibus Guidelines dated May 15, 2020, Sec 7 (6), which says, "The movement of persons across areas placed under General Community Quarantine and Modified-GCQ for any purpose other than leisure shall be permitted."

She said anybody can go out of Davao City anytime since the Omnibus Guidelines approved by the IATF-against COVID-19 of the national government do not require the issuance of travel orders to individuals who intend to go out of the city.

However, Duterte-Carpio stressed that all incoming individuals to Davao City shall be subjected to a health screening upon arrival at the land checkpoint, seaport, and airport. "The health screening conducted will determine whether a person shall go to the Southern Philippines Medical Center for RT-PCR testing and Quarantine Facility or proceed to a 14-day mandatory home quarantine," she stressed.

Duterte-Carpio said short stay individuals and workers coming in and out every day shall be subjected to the same health screening every time they enter the city but they will not be mandated to be quarantined.

She said these people will be sent to the SPMC if they fail the health screening. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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