DAVAO ORIENTAL, APRIL 7 (PIA) - The entire Davao Oriental has imposed a curfew from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. with Provincial Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang signing Executive Order No. 12 series of 2020, placing the entire province on Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) starting at 12:01 a.m. April 7, 2020.
The E.O. sets a "provincial-wide curfew from 06:00 p.m. to 06:00 a.m. daily with exemptions provided in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ordinance on curfew."
This adds more restrictions to the policies already established from the previous community quarantine.
According to the E.O., everyone that is seen outside shall carry a quarantine pass and should only do so when buying food, going to medical centers, or transacting in allowed establishments. However, shall emergencies arise, possession of a QP will not be needed.
No minors, senior citizens, pregnant women, sick and immunocompromised individuals can go out of the residence or dwelling except to go to the hospital, medical or allied medical institutions.
With a few exemptions, establishments that are deemed unessential are to temporarily close. However, "Affected individuals or employees of partially closed establishments shall be referred to the Department of Labor and Employment in order for them to avail of employment programs."
All government offices are to "work from home" except those involved in security, health, social services, sanitation, and disaster, who must continue to work on full operation.
However, mobile food vendors are still allowed if there are only two persons working with one driver and one assistant.
There are transport means that are allowed to run but are required to stick with the social distancing mandate of the Department of Health (DOH).
Motorcycle is allowed with only one passenger provided that the passenger along with the driver shall wear a helmet and personal protective equipment such as face masks and face shield.
In case of skylab, the E.O. allows only two passengers allowed--one at the front and one at the back. However, "trisikads" are allowed to carry one passenger only.
The Auto Rickshaw or Bao bao of 8-passenger capacity is allowed to carry four passengers only, riding at the rear portion of the bao bao, each seated to extreme sides.
As a mode of transportation, private vehicles may run within their LGUs following the prescribed guidelines of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and per guidelines on Inter-LGU travel as stated in the supplementary E.O. No. 13 released today, April 07.
Jeepneys carrying agricultural products shall are allowed to operate, provided that they carry only two assistant passengers per trip.
Governor Dayanghirang has tasked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) together with the force multipliers at the barangay level to help in patrolling, and in monitoring the implementation of his orders. (by Jan Vincent Leuterio, UM Tagum OJT/PIA Davao Oriental/jmda)