Sara says ECQ not an option in Davao City

Published March 26, 2021, 9:22 AM

by Dennis Principe

Should there be a confirmed event of a second wave of coronavirus cases (COVID-19) in Davao City, Mayor Sara Duterte said she won’t be inclined to place the city under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

Mayor Sara Duterte (City Government of Davao / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Mayor Sara Duterte (City Government of Davao / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

During a radio interview Monday, March 22, Duterte said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) itself has discouraged Local Government Units (LGUs) from implementing what is considered as the strictest among all levels of quarantine status.

“Will we request to place the city under ECQ or MECQ? We didn’t do that even before, during the first wave of cases, when we experienced a high number of cases. It was the IATF who said no more ECQ or MECQ,” said Duterte over 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.

Davao City had its worst moments of surging COVID-19 cases from October 2020 to January of this year but has since been into General Community Quarantine (GCQ) which is set to last until March 31.

Beyond that, Duterte said the city will implement the same rules it is applying at the moment even if they become eligible to downgrade the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

“It is no longer important to us whatever community quarantine classification is given to us. We will try to prevent a second wave for Davao City. We will be aggressive in the surveillance of our communities to be able to prevent COVID-19 clusters,” said Duterte.

Some residents of major LGUs like Davao City and Cebu City expressed concerns about their situation as soon as the government implemented a bubble-type concept around the National Capital Region (NCR) and neighboring provinces Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan which was clustered into one group known as the NCR+ Bubble.