THE Provincial Government of Davao Occidental temporarily suspended the operations of public transportation coming in and out of the province effective September 20 to 26, 2021, as part of the measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the province.

This is in accordance with Executive Order (EO) No. 23 issued on September 17 by Governor Claude Bautista.

The EO was issued as the province continues to prevent the further surge of Covid-19. In addition, the province has a total of 12 Delta-confirmed specimens as of September 13, according to the Department of Health-Davao Region (DOH-Davao).

According to the EO, all public transportation traversing Davao City to the border of the province will be suspended.

Public transportation, as defined, are public buses, buses, jeepneys, vans, taxis, pick-up type vehicles for trucking, rental and passenger transportation, tricycles, motorcycles, pump boats, fuso, bangka and other vehicles used for maritime travel.

It will resume on September 27, however, seating capacity will be limited to 50 percent.

In addition, government offices and private establishments are advised to devise mechanisms for the transport of their workers, while workers from other municipalities are directed to either stay in their workplace for the duration of the suspension of public transportation or apply work-from-home arrangements as approved by the heads of their offices.

The provincial government also implemented the curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., while the "no movement Sunday" will still be implemented.

Authorized persons outside residence (Apors) are exempted from the curfew, while only hospital workers and border control personnel will be allowed to go out on Sundays.

The liquor ban will take effect from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.

All non-residents, non-workers of Davao Occidental, locally stranded individuals (LSI) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROF) must present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) result in the last 72 hours prior to entry.

Vulnerable age groups below 18 and above 65, persons with comorbidities and immunodeficiency, and pregnant women are not allowed to go out except for essential purposes.

Mass gatherings are strictly prohibited.

Wake and burials are allowed but only limited to immediate family members. Maximum days of the wake will be up to six days only.

Movement of cargo remains unhampered.

As of September 19, DOH-Davao reported a total of 6,811 confirmed cases in Davao Occidental, wherein 954 were active cases, 5,652 recovered, and 205 succumbed to the virus.

As of August 28, the province already achieved 51.88-percent "vaccination accomplishment."