Davao residents propose conversion of Christmas gifts to donations for typhoon-hit areas

Published December 20, 2021, 4:56 PM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY — A group of private residents from Davao City has proposed an update on the SafeDavao QR Code (DQR) to allow residents to convert their Christmas rewards as donations to the victims of Typhoon Odette.

“We propose to have an option to convert our Pahalipay Rewards to a donation as relief goods for the areas affected by Typhoon Odette. We request to have a ‘DONATE’ button on our DQR that will give us the option to waive our Pahalipay and convert it as relief goods,” the group called Design Davao Society on Sunday, December 19 posted on its Facebook post.

“If you are willing to donate your unclaimed Pahalipay grocery items, please help us share these infographics and get heard,” it added.

Previously, Mayor Sara Duterte said everyone would receive grocery packs through their DQRs.

The City Government of Davao utilized the DQR to distribute Christmas Package to residents starting December 8, 2021, until January 31, 2022.

“For this year ang tanan nga pahalipay is naa sa Safedavao QR (DQR). We are expecting since dugay na ta nagagamit og DQR – more than one year na, ang mga tao kabalo na sila mogamit (For this year, everyone will get Pahalipay will be sent through the SafeDavao QR. Since we have been using DQR for more than a year already, we are expecting that the people already know how to use it),” Duterte said last December 6.

Davao City uses the DQR Code for COVID-19 contact tracing and vaccination reporting.

The proposal met positive reactions from netizens who expressed willingness to donate their Christmas packages. The post has been shared 153 times since Sunday.

Duterte hoped that the next administration would continue to use DQR to give assistance and gifts to Davao City residents.

She also said that the DQR would soon be utilized as an e-wallet and identification for senior citizens and persons with disability. Duterte said the QR code would be linked to the bank accounts.

“(S)o very important gyud ang DQR nato, mao na na siya atong [gamiton] para dili nata magtapok, dili nata sigeg patawag sa tao, mao na na ang gamiton kung naa tay ihatag nga assistance diha sa atong kaigsuunang Dabawenyo (That’s why the DQR is very important. We will use it to avoid mass gatherings, we will use it to give assistance),” she said.