TO INTENSIFY its campaign against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the City Government of Davao will utilize its 12,000 employees as "walking advertisements" on the health measures the public must do to prevent the further spread of the virus.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said on Friday, August 7, that the City Government released a memorandum circular mandating employees, beginning Monday, August 10, to wear uniform shirts which she called the "Stay Home T-Shirt."
The mayor said the shirt will have an imprinted text "stay home" as part of the City Government's "reintensified campaign" against Covid-19.
"Gibuhat nato nga 'walking advertisements' ang atoang 12,000 City Hall employees because daghan sa atong employees naa sa dalan. Especially ang uban sa ila are frontliners (Our 12,000 City Hall employees will become 'walking advertisements' since the majority of them are on the streets, especially frontliners)," Duterte-Carpio said in a radio interview via 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.
The mayor admitted there is a need to restrategize the city’s campaign following the lifting of the food and medicine (FM) pass and curfew effective August 3.
Despite their constant reminder of observing the minimum health protocols, such as observing the two meter-physical distancing, wearing of face masks in public places, bringing of pocket alcohol,and staying at home and only going out for essential purposes, Duterte-Carpio said some are still not following these measures.
"Out of ideas nami kung unsaon pagpasunod sa alimpatakan sa tao nga duna kitay quarantine (We're almost running out of ideas on how we could bring into people's consciousness that there is still an existing quarantine) and we need to stay at home," Duterte-Carpio said.
Aside from the "Stay Home" campaign, the City Government has already utilized other paraphernalia such as posting two giant tarpaulins on the facade of the City Hall.
The tarpaulins’ message indicates all the Covid-19 health measures.
Also, Duterte-Carpio said she will be requesting private offices and establishments to place the City Government's campaign materials on their building facades.
"Sa tan-aw namo, if we are one sa pagbutang sa mga reminders, bisan asa mulingi ang mga tao, they would be able to see our reminders, then madungagan ang compliance sa mga tao (We see it as a huge help in reminding the public because everywhere they go, they will see it, which would instill in their minds that they need to comply)," the mayor said.