PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Friday, November 20, 2020, that the city will be placed under a general community quarantine (GCQ) starting November 20 to 30 in a bid to control the spread of the Covid-19.
The GCQ status of the city was expected based on the recent statement of National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 policy chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on Wednesday, November 18. He said then that the city should at least revert to a GCQ to control the spread of the Covid-19. However, it was not expected to be implemented as soon as November 20.
Nonetheless, it is understandable that the city needs to be placed under a stricter community quarantine to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 disease.
The city being placed under a GCQ will allow it to strategize, redirect resources, and improve its existing plans in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Roque announced that they are putting in place measures that will help the city combat the pandemic. The government has tasked Melquiades Feliciano, deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 for the cities and Bacolod and Cebu, to head the Coordinated Operations to Defeat the Epidemic (Code) teams that will be deployed in Davao City to assist in the response activities.
During the period, it is expected that the implementation of health protocols and movement restrictions will be stricter compared to when the city was placed under a modified GCQ.
The City Government will need every help it needs in addressing the pandemic. This assistance from the national government will definitely boost the city’s efforts to control the transmissions. The intervention of the government could also provide fresh perspectives and ideas on dealing with Covid-19.
The GCQ status is also a reminder to residents in Davao City that there is a need to strictly follow the Covid-19 health protocols. They should wear their masks or face shields, observe social distancing, and regularly wash their hands with soap and water. If they continue to refuse to follow protocols, cases will continue to rise.
Covid-19 is here for a long-term. We can expect its effects to linger on in the years to come. We can expect that we will be under quarantine for an extended period. This GCQ will allow the city and the residents to make additional preparations in this long battle against Covid-19.
There is no room for complacency amid a pandemic. Hence, we should follow strictly the health safety protocols not only to help our health workers and the government but also to protect ourselves and our loved ones.