Davao City not requiring travel orders for people from other LGUs
DAVAO CITY June 5 (PIA)- Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will no longer require travel orders from people coming from other local government units even from beyond the borders of Davao Region as long as they undergo health screening in the city borders.
She said demanding documents from stranded persons from other areas and even in the city delays them further and makes them all the more stranded.
Duterte-Carpio underscored that people going to Davao City must present only themselves for health screening at the city borders and at the Davao International Airport.
“Even if the city is under general community quarantine, I will not demand documents from stranded persons in coming to the city, because they will be delayed more just to comply the requirements from the local government units where they come from to the receiving LGU,” she said.
She said local government units in Davao Region follow the policies set by the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases on managing themselves under modified general community quarantine.
Duterte-Carpio said the DILG needs to explain the requirements needed for people who want to travel.
“All LGUs in the region are following the DILG guidelines and the IATF on the Emerging and Remerging Infectious Diseases on the protocols and policies to be implemented during the current pandemic situation,” she said.
Duterte-Carpio said the processes required by the DILG like accepting documents and travel orders through the Philippine National Police are making trips difficult for the people.
“It makes the stranded people lengthen their stay some more,” she said.
Duterte-Carpio reminded that local travel order is now issued by the Davao City Police Office through its email through email@example.com, downloaded from the Police Regional Office XI.
Earlier, an official of the Department of Interior and Local Government XI underscored the streamlining of processes in dealing with stranded individuals from the barangay to the police as the city caters to modified community quarantine areas while maintaining its general community quarantine status.
Alex Roldan, regional director of the Department of Interior and Local Government in Davao Region said they have agreed with the Police Regional Office XI to shorten the procedure to avoid the crowding of people and prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 infection.
He cited the initial role of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team is to conduct the health screening and the subsequent issuance of medical certificate and for the regional director of the Philippine National Police in the area to issue the corresponding travel authority.
“The police must issue the travel authority because they have the capability to verify,” Roldan said.
Locally stranded individuals are advised to process these requirements immediately starting with the barangay since they are dutybound to provide guidance to stranded individuals.
It is applicable only to stranded individuals who are leaving Davao Region to other regions of the country and those from other regions passing through the Davao City International Airport.
These requirements are not compulsory for inter-region travels except for an ID and certificate of employment.
Roldan said that sadly, regulations agreed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases are subject to various interpretations when implemented in the communities.
He noticed many local government units are focused on setting up checkpoints than addressing the infection on a medical perspective which is to avoid gathering of people which defeats the social distancing.
“They require passersby even with IDs to log their names, using the same form, the same building consequently, they are crowding in the checkpoints,” Roldan said.
Criss-crossing of persons in the borders cannot be avoided because the economies of Davao Region and nearby areas are interconnected.
Delaying the people with requirements is as good as killing their livelihood.
Roldan said regions post these requirements to ensure that locally stranded individuals are clean, clear and COVID-free.
“It is not much a concern if the person travels within the region only,” Roldan said.
He reminded local government units that setting up checkpoints is not a total guarantee that a COVID-case can never enter in the area.
Roldan stressed the checkpoints will only delay the entry of the COVID-case in order for the area’s health care system to accept in the event someone turns COVID-19 positive. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G Dalumpines)