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Sara reiterates call: ‘Don’t panic’

April 03, 2020 - Friday 6:04 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

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DAVAO CITY — Mayor Sara Duterte on Friday reiterated her call to the public to stay calm and avoid resorting to panic buying as the city transitions from community quarantine (CQ) to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) at 9 p.m. today, Saturday (April 4).

In her regular interview with city-owned Davao City Disaster Radio, Sara said there is no reason for the public to panic because stores and markets will continue to be open to sell food and other necessities even under ECQ.

“Do not panic. There is no reason for you to panic,” she said.

She also said panic buying only exposes people to crowds where they can get infected with coronavirus.

The mayor issued Executive Order No. 23 placing the city under ECQ at 9 p.m. today, coinciding with the start of the region-wide curfew.

Under an ECQ, there will no longer be mass transportation except for city-deployed buses, jeepneys working under the city government and hired by private establishments, taxis, and pedicabs.

EO 23 also mandates all private establishments to temporarily shut down their businesses except for the following: groceries, supermarkets, wet markets/palengkes, food commissaries, food processing or manufacturing, food delivery services, wholesale food outlets, convenience stores, sari-sari stores, hospitals, medical laboratories, pharmacies, drugstores, other health services/personnel, banks and ATMs, savings and credit cooperatives, money-transfer services and bayad centers, courier services, other delivery services, doctors’ and dentists’ clinics, gas stations, water refilling stations, LPG stations, business process outsourcing/call centers, and mass media outlets.

But while the ECQ starts today, the mayor said the implementation of the food and medicine (FM) pass will be on Tuesday to give more time to some barangays to distribute the passes.

“We will start implementing the FM Pass on Tuesday,” she said.

By Tuesday, only those with FM passes will be allowed to go outside their residences to buy food and medicine.

Employees whose work is allowed to continue can use their company IDs when they go outside their residences. 

The ECQ will last until April 19.