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FULL TEXT: Executive Order No. 33, Davao City General Community Quarantine

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 33 Series of 2020


WHEREAS, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on the spread of the Covid19 virus infection;

WHEREAS, President Duterte issued Presidential Proclamation 922 to put the country in a State of Public Health Emergency in relation to National Security;

WHEREAS, President Duterte issued Presidential Proclamation 929 on 16 March 2020 and declared a State of Calamity in the entire country for a period of six months;

WHEREAS, Section 16 of Republic Act No. 7160 also known as the Local Government Code provides that within their respective territorial jurisdictions, local government units shall ensure and promote health and safety and preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants;

WHEREAS, the Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Specialist doctors demand for people to quarantine inside their houses to arrest the spread of infection;

WHEREAS, despite the quarantine there is a need for government offices and business establishments to resume operations and allow employees to work on the basis of IATF Resolution 35, Series of 2020 dated May 11, 2020;

WHEREAS, it is necessary to implement a General Community Quarantine and impose strict measures for this purpose.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SARA Z. DUTERTE, Mayor of the City of Davao, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order the following:

SECTION 1. GCQ PERIOD. The period of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) shall be on 00:01 16 MAY 2020 to 11:59PM 31 MAY 2020. The Enhanced Community Quarantine in the entire city or specific barangay/s may be re-implemented at anytime upon the recommendation of the Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Specialist doctors.

SECTION 2. GUIDELINES. The following are the guidelines of the GCQ:

1. OMNIBUS GUIDELINES. The Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of the Community Quarantine in the Philippines is hereby adopted for the implementation of the GCQ in the city.

2. QUARANTINE. No one can come out of their house except those using a Food and Medicine pass (FM pass) or those allowed to work under GCQ.

3. GCQ EXEMPTED WORK. Department of Trade and Industry Memorandum Circular 20-22 series of 2020 and its Annex is hereby adopted to enumerate all the offices, establishments and industries allowed to operate during GCQ.

4. GCQ NOT EXEMPTED WORK. All private offices and business establishments who are not GCQ exempted, whenever needed, may operate a home office or work from home system for their employees. They shall not be allowed to open to the public or accept clients or customers in their houses.

5. VULNERABLE SECTOR. Any person below twenty-one (21) years old, those who are sixty (60) years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or other health risks, and pregnant women, including any person who resides with the aforementioned, shall be required to remain in their residences at all times, except when indispensable under the circumstances for obtaining essential goods and services or for work in permitted industries and offices. (Omnibus Guidelines Sec. 3 No. 2)
Those who live alone may get a Food and Medicine pass or whenever possible and if appropriate, ask a neighbor or a friend to help them buy food and medicines. Whenever appropriate, employers should assign their employees in the vulnerable sector to work from home.

6. INDISPENSABLE DEFINITION. Sec. 3 (7) of the Omnibus Guidelines provide that individuals below the age of 21 years old and those 60 years old and above may enter malls only when indispensable under the circumstances for obtaining goods and essential services or for work. Indispensable shall mean necessary because of peculiar circumstances, e.g. senior living alone, emergency, doctor’s clinic inside mall, etc.
7. FM PASS. The Food and Medicine pass (FM pass) shall be used to buy food, medicines or go to the hospital. Two (2) individuals can be named on the pass but only one (1) named person therein can use it at any given time. The FM pass must be used with a valid ID to verify the name indicated therein.

a. FM pass with last digit 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 can only be used on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. FM pass with last digit 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 can only be used on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. FM pass can only be used from the hours of 5:00AM to 9:00PM. The FM pass cannot be used on a Sunday.

b. Groceries, supermarkets, wet markets, pharmacies, and drugstores must require the presentation of a GCQ exempted workers ID or FM pass and valid ID before entering the store. The establishment can refuse entry if the person is found to be violating the rules on the use of the FM pass.

c. The establishment can implement reasonable rules within their premises during the GCQ to protect their employees.

8. CLUSTERING. The clustering of barangays in a district for the purposes of travel is hereby lifted. However, for the protection of the public and to control the spread within a specific community only, everyone is advised to avoid the areas identified to be Very High Risk, High Risk and Medium Risk based on the risk assessment made. This list shall be published in a separate document.

a. The schedule of the ban of trucks along the highways is hereby lifted.

b. All vehicles must implement physical distancing inside their units.

c. Jeepneys shall set-up the approved physical distancing seating arrangement with barriers.

d. Private vehicles and Taxis with 1 driver and 1 passenger in front and 1 at the back, observing physical distancing.

e. Tricycle with 1 driver and 1 passenger in front and 1 at the back, observing distancing.

f. Single rider motorcycle or bicycle.

g. Free bus rides from the government.

h. All passengers must present an GCQ exempted employee ID or FM pass whenever required to do so by the driver or law enforcement.

i. Privately employed drivers shall present an employee ID or a certification from his employer and a xerox copy or mobile phone picture of the employer’s ID.

10. SELF-PROTECTION MEASURES. Everyone shall wear face masks in all public places even inside offices and establishments and must observe at least one (1) meter physical distance from other individuals. Regular handwashing with soap and water should be strictly followed by employees. Alcohol stations must be available for clients and customers.

11. NEW NORMAL RULES. All offices, schools, institutions, establishments, farms, factories, work sites and places of worship must create their New Normal (NN) rules in preparation for the lifting of the quarantine. NN rules shall be implemented until a vaccine or medicine becomes available for the public or until lifted by the government. NN rules should institute infection control measures which shall include wearing of face masks, at least 1-meter physical distancing, regular handwashing, regular disinfection of premises and all other no touch/no contact rules that can be implemented.

12. WORKPLACE. The Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Labor and Employment Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of Covid-19 dated 30 April 2020 is hereby adopted as the minimum standards that must be implemented in the workplace whenever applicable.

13. MASS GATHERING. All public and private mass gatherings are prohibited. Any gathering of more than 10 individuals is considered a mass gathering. Government aid distribution must strictly follow physical distancing.

14. RELIGIOUS CEREMONY. All religious ceremonies, meetings, prayers and gatherings are prohibited. All faith-based groups are requested to make available online ceremonies for their members.

15. GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND NGO/FOUNDATION. All government offices and non-government organizations and foundations must be on full operation despite the shifting schedule, work from home arrangements and other work arrangements.

16. EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. All private and public educational institutions can implement a skeletal workforce to prepare for online enrollment procedures or any other system that will not create mass gathering and violate physical distancing rules. All institutions should prepare for online classes, distance learning, take home modules, home school program and other programs which do not require students to come to class until face to face classroom instruction may be allowed. The Department of Education Order 007, Series of 2020 dated 11 May 2020 is hereby adopted.

17. LAW ENFORCEMENT RANDOM INSPECTION OR CHECKPOINT. All individuals on the streets or in vehicles whenever asked by law enforcement or barangay checkpoints, must present their GCQ exempted employee ID or Food and Medicine pass with valid ID, whichever is applicable.

18. LIQUOR BAN. No liquor, alcohol or any other intoxicating drink shall be sold, served or consumed in public until after the quarantine is lifted. Liquor ban shall be 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

19. CURFEW AND EXEMPTION. The curfew hours shall be from 9:00PM to 5:00AM. Within the curfew hours, people cannot go out of their houses, except in cases of emergencies or if going to work in the exempted sectors/frontline offices. The workers in offices, establishments and industries allowed to operate under DTI MC 20-22 series of 2022 are exempted from curfew.

20. SARI-SARI STORE. Sari-sari stores shall be closed from 6:00PM to 6:00AM. They shall not allow people to stay or loiter around their premises.

21. WET MARKET. All wet markets/palengkes shall be closed everyday at 5:00PM for daily disinfection.

a. Residents from other clusters are prohibited to visit the markets in high risk areas such as Bangkerohan Market, Piapi Market and Agdao Market for their own protection.

b. All wet markets/palengkes must have an entrance, exit and oneway direction for people to go through. People cannot turn around and go back and cannot roam around the wet market/palengke.

c. All wet markets/palengkes shall be closed on Sundays.

22. MOBILE PALENGKE OR ROLLING STORE. Mobile palengke, rolling store, grocery on wheels, or ambulant food vendors who are using different modes of transportation to sell basic food commodities in the barangays shall be allowed. Basic food commodities shall mean rice, bread, meat, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables, cooking oil and other food condiments. There must be a maximum of 2 workers, 1 driver and 1 assistant who shall wear face masks and shall implement proper food handling.

23. WAKE AND BURIAL. Funeral parlors, private and public cemeteries are mandated to impose a “family members only” wake and burial and at all times demand compliance and observance of one (1) meter distance between family members, wearing of face masks and frequent hand washing with soap and water.

24. TELEPHONE MEDICINE. 911 shall operate a telemedicine project in coordination with volunteer doctors:

a. Pharmacies and drugstores must accept prescriptions that are in the form of text messages wherein the sender is 911 to cater to patients who are accommodated by volunteer doctors conducting telemedicine in the city in coordination with 911;

b. In the absence of a doctor’s prescription, pharmacies and drugstores must allow senior citizens or their duly authorized representatives to avail of their senior citizens’ discount with the presentation of only their purchase orders/booklets and senior citizen ID.

25. EMERGENCY. There is no need for any ID or pass in the event of an emergency.

26. EXERCISE. Individuals are allowed to exercise or go out into the sun or get some fresh air provided that they are within a few meters from their houses.

SECTION 3. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE. If any provision of this Executive Order is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other provisions not affected thereby shall remain valid and subsisting.

SECTION 4. REPEALING CLAUSE. All orders or parts thereof which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Executive Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 5. EFFECTIVITY. This order shall take effect immediately.

Done this 15th of May 2020 in Davao City, Philippines.

City Mayor

Attested by:
City Administrator

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