THE Davao City Government has issued guidelines for the Dabawenyos to follow amid the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said in a press conference Wednesday, May 24, that security has been tightened in the city to prevent violence from erupting and entering Davao following the clashes in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
She also discouraged people from traveling to and from the city and other places in Mindanao.
"Kung saan kayo nakatira, doon na lang muna kayo habang nag-aantay tayo kung paano iimplement ang martial law," she said.
She added that they came up with advisories for business establishments, but assured that all stores, government offices and banks in the city are open.
"We encourage them to have an emergency plan, not to retain large amount of cash inside their premises, and invest in private security guards, modern security and firefighting equipment," Duterte-Carpio said.
The other guidelines issued are the following:
1. A “Hold and Secure” method will be implemented in ensuring the security of our people.
2. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious-looking persons, materials and actions by group of persons.
3. Exercise prudence in planning your activities.
4. Travel to and from Davao City is discouraged, as well as in other places in Mindanao, unless there is an urgent matter that needs to be attended to.
5. Do not leave your residence if you do not have business or matters to attend outside.
6. Travelling via motorcycle convoys is discouraged.
Crowded places, churches
7. Avoid crowded places.
8. Religious activities are encouraged to be conducted during daytime. Muslims observing Ramadan are encouraged to hold their activities inside mosques and residences.
9. All rallies and large-group activities should have permits from the local government.
10. Ensure that you have updated vehicle registration papers, and driver’s licenses.
11. Ensure that you have valid and existing licenses for your guns [License to Own and Posses Firearm (“LTOPF”) and Permit to Carry (“PTC”)].
12. Cooperate with the AFP and PNP personnel conducting checkpoints.
13. Familiarize yourself with the contents of your own baggage. Do not accept baggage from strangers.
14. In the conduct of checkpoints, turn off your headlights and turn on your overhead lights during inspection.
15. Allow the inspectors to smoothly make the inspections.
16. Always bring a valid personal identification document.
Minors and evenings
17. Minors are extremely discouraged from going out of their residences except when accompanied by adults.
18. Avoid going out late at night and consuming excessive alcohol.
19. Buddy system is encouraged to those who work at night especially during travel to and from work.
20. We encourage that you conduct your personal activities in the daytime.
21. Loitering in all areas is discouraged.
22. Do not leave bags and other personal belongings unattended.
23. Do not leave your cars unattended for a long time.
24. Do not retain large sums of money in your residences.
Business establishments and schools
25. Business establishments and schools are required to create emergency plans for their respective premises.
26. Business establishments and schools are encouraged to invest in private security, modern security equipment and fire extinguishing equipment.
27. Do not retain large sums of money in your premises.
28. Schools are encouraged to implement tighter security measures by properly screening guests.
Tourists and tourism activities
29. Tourists are discouraged from going to areas that are not included among the main tourism areas of the city.
30. Always bring with you your passports and other proofs of identification.
Martial law was declared for 60 days in Mindanao effective 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, following the clashes that killed three people and wounded at least 12 others in Marawi City, which is more than 200 kilometers from Davao City.
President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday that he will be harsh in dealing with the Maute terror group, whose members are reportedly occupying several establishments in Marawi since Tuesday. (LMY/With reports from SunStar Davao/SunStar Philippines)