DAVAO CITY — Mayor Sara Duterte asked the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to intensify operations against individuals selling intoxicating beverages in communities despite the implementation of a ban on alcoholic drinks to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This after the local government received reports that alcoholic drinks are being sold at a much higher price amid the prohibition.
Duterte told Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) on Monday that the prohibition on buying and selling of liquors remains in effect even after the community quarantine status of the city eased to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions starting July 16 until 31 after 40 days of being under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) June 5 to July 15.
The liquor ban has been in effect since November 2, 2020 to control the transmission of infections.
She said the local government wants to avoid gathering of people, particularly drinking sessions, which may potentially lead to the spread of more infections.
“As of now, there is no discussion to lift the liquor ban. You have to understand that when liquor is available at the sari-sari store in the community, there is tendency that people will buy and gather after work. We want to avoid gathering,” she said.
As of July 19, DOH-Davao reported 141 new cases of COVID-19 in Davao City, bringing the total to 28,639 with 2,118 still active, 25,546 recovered, and 975 died.