Davao City Government issues cease, desist order vs 3 restos

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THE City Government of Davao issued a cease and desist order against three Indian-owned restaurants for breaking health measures amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Business Bureau Officer-in-Charge Maribel Paguican said in a radio interview on Monday, July 13, that these restaurants, located near a hospital and medical school compound, were foreclosed for various violations.

These include non-wearing of face masks among restaurant workers, non-compliant with the 50-percent dine-in capacity, no placed footbath, no alcohol station, and no hand wash station.

Lorna Mandin, Covid-19 Task Force Lead City Inspector on Business Establishments, in a separate radio interview, said the three restaurants were required to sign an undertaking, wherein they pledged to comply with the city's health measures.

But she said they still need to comply with the health measures before they will be allowed to operate.

"Based sa among pag monitor, daghan sila'g violations. Istrikto ta pag-abot sa pagkaon kay galikay ta sa pag-spread sa virus (Based on our monitoring, they committed a lot of violations. We are very strict when it comes to restaurants and other food establishments, because we do not want the virus to contaminate the food)," Mandin said via 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.

Mandin said they started their surprise inspection of some foreign-owned establishments last week.

Prior to the issuance of the CDO, some Indian restaurants were already reported to have violated the social distancing and other health protocols.

The matter was also raised to Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Friday, July 10, in her radio interview.

Although the mayor already mentioned this concern in a previous radio interview, however, it was only on Friday when she had named them.

"Actually, sila 'tong gi-ingon nako last time nga laing nationality nga magtapok ug dili sila ga-face mask (They were the ones I called out for gathering and not wearing a face mask)," Duterte-Carpio said.

She told complainants to forward the name of these establishments to the Business Bureau for appropriate actions.

Mandin, meanwhile, said that some local workers on certain establishments are aware of the health measure, but they said their owners do not even mind to abide by it.

"Unta naa'y consciousness ang matag usa, especially sa mga business owners. Conscious dapat ta kay pagkaon nagud ang hisgutanan (Everyone, including the business owners, should be conscious in abiding our health protocols. We're talking about food here)," she said.

The city official also said they also conducted an inspection of some Korean restaurants, which have been compliant so far.

Mandin said their inspection is applicable to everyone, whether local or foreign-owned establishments.

"Baruganan kini sa Business Bureau. Kapasarado man gani mi'g mga local [establishment], so dapat kamo sab [foreign-owned establishments], musunod pud (Business Bureau is very strict. There is no reason for foreign-owned establishments not to comply. The law implies to both local and foreign-owned businesses)," she said.

The closure, she said, will only be temporary if they will comply and adhere to the City's recommendation.


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