IGaCoS adopts GCQ guidelines for 2020
DAVAO DEL NORTE, 8 May (PIA) – The Island Garden City of Samal has officially and fully adopted the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) guidelines.
GCQ guidelines are in place through Executive Order No. 226, Series of 2020 or “An Order Establishing the Samaleño Bayanihan Code in the Island Garden City of Samal” was signed on May 5, 2020 taking effect until December 31, 2020.
The Bayanihan Code puts together all the Executive Orders issued to combat the spread of COVID19 by the Samal City Mayor Al David Uy.
Accordingly, people are only to come out of their homes for the purpose of buying food or medicine, going to hospital, or transacting at any exempted establishments as long as they carry “necessary pass” with them and a valid ID.
Stated on the EO, similarly, people may enter Samal Island provided, they present the necessary pass along with a valid ID. Checkpoints will still be strictly implemented.
For land transportation, the same policies apply, such as the wearing of face mask of everyone, only three people in a motorcycle, four people in a tricycle, and reducing of number of passengers to 50% capacity in buses and government-owned vehicles.
Social distancing is mandatory, and that the conduct of big gatherings for celebrations or commemorations regardless of whether private or public events is prohibited.
However, personal and family gatherings for a common purpose such as vigil, burial, wedding, etc. are allowed with a maximum number of 25 attendees only, with all having to wear face masks.
The City Inter-agency Task Force on COVID-19 reminds the public that liquor and smoking ban is still implemented until the “declaration of public health emergency is lifted”.
For curfew hours, adults should not be seen past 8 p.m. to 5 am., while minors past 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. except for emergencies.
The suspension of all classes has yet to be lifted. The EO states that its lifting Is subject to the guidelines as may be issued by the Department of Education and (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The policies set by the Bayanihan Code, also include a “compassion campaign” which encourages citizens to show compassion and empathy to the community.
The encouragements are acts like checking on elderly neighbors who live alone through text and phone call, providing relief goods and raising of fund for people financially impacted by Quarantine, and expressing of gratitude to frontline workers.
The Code also puts a strict prohibition on “fake news” by encouraging people to report any false or misinformation encountered to the City Government through its hotline numbers. (Jan Vincent Leuterio, PIA XI)