Davao police to implement food, medicine pass on Apr 7

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THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) said the food and medicine (FM) pass will be implemented on Tuesday, April 7, as some villages are still waiting for the passes, which will be utilized by their constituents during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

DCPO Director Kirby John Kraft, in a radio interview yesterday at 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio, said based on the instruction of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the FM pass will not yet take effect today.

“Nais ko pong ipaabot na ang instruction ng mahal na City Mayor Sara Duterte na ‘yong implementation ng FM pass will start on April 7 kasi hindi pa 100 percent distributed ang FM pass kaya magbibigay tayo ng time para ma-comply ang distribution bago natin i-implement,” Police Colonel Kraft said, adding that the people can still go out before curfew hours even without the FM pass before April 7.

This came after some residents expressed their apprehension that they have not received their FM passes while the ECQ has already been announced.

The FM pass will allow the public to go outside to buy food and medicine.

Under Executive Order 23 issued on Thursday, all individuals on the streets must carry and, whenever asked by law enforcement or barangay checkpoints, must present their employee ID or food and medicine pass with valid ID whichever is applicable.

He also said with the ECQ, all his station commanders must put up additional quarantine control points especially in the markets where there is an influx of people.

More bike, foot, and mobile patrols will be roaming around the city’s streets to enforce the EO.

“Mas lalo tayong magiging mahigpit ngayon sa mga tao na palabas-labas, kailangan meron silang FM pass na hahanapin sa kanila,” Kraft said.

Aside from the FM pass, Kraft said the law enforcers will also ensure that physical distancing is observed in vehicles. Since mass transportation will be suspended under ECQ, public utility jeepneys are prohibited from doing their regular operation.

He reminded that private vehicles and taxis, and even tricycles must only have a driver and a passenger in front and one passenger at the back to observe physical distancing.


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