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Police: Bring your FM passes, IDs before boarding jeepneys

The Davao Police Regional Office yesterday warned all commuters against boarding jeepneys without their employee IDs and food and medicine passes.

Private motorists are also required to show their employee IDs, FM passes, and certificates of employment when they go through the control points. The police and Task Force Davao have 46 control points within the boundary of the city.

“It is a violation of the GCQ (general community quarantine). They will be advised to go home,” Maj. Eudisan Gultiano, regional spokesperson, said.

Only one person is authorized outside residences during the GCQ. The rest need to carry their FM passes, especially when they buy food, medicines, and other essentials. The passes can only be used from Monday to Saturday.

Those who fail to bring their FM passes may face a penalty in violation of Art 151 of the Revised Penal Code or disobedience.

Previously, Martin Delgra III, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chair, proposed that public transport drivers should prepare a manifesto, which details the names and contact numbers of patients inside the vehicles.

He said this would help in contact tracing those with an individual who test positive for a virus.

In Davao City, PUJ drivers were required to apply for a special permit from the regional office of the LTFRB. They are required to submit proof that they installed barriers between passengers to comply with social distancing measures.

There are more than 8,000 PUJs in Davao City.

Meanwhile, all individuals entering Davao City will be subjected to a health screening upon arrival.

The health screening will determine whether a person entering the city should be sent for an RT-PCR (Rapid Test – Polymerase Chain Reaction) test at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), a dedicated quarantine facility, or undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Short-stay individuals and workers coming in and out every day will also be subjected to the same health screening every time they enter the city, “but they are not mandated to be quarantined.”

“They shall, however, be sent to the SPMC if they fail the health screening,” the local government said.

Also, the entry to Davao City during the GCQ will only be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Saturday due to the limited number of “qualified health personnel to conduct the health screening.”

Meanwhile, the city government also clarified that anybody who intends to travel outside the city can go outside of Davao City anytime. “[T]he Omnibus Guidelines do not require the City Government to issue travel orders to individuals who intend to go out of the city,” it said.

Under Section 7 (6) of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Omnibus Guidelines dated May 15, it states that “the movement of persons across areas placed under GCQ and MGCQ for any purpose other than leisure shall be permitted.”

But the public should expect long lines at the checkpoints and airport, which is why they should avoid making unnecessary trips. still required to present GCQ- exempted employee IDs or FM passes.

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