Davao Mayor Inday Sara Duterte
By Junex Doronio
ONCE AGAIN, presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has proven to have a “heart” for the distressed as she announced that all travelers going to the city will be accepted and will not be required to secure any document, provided they will follow the city’s health protocols.
In her public notice on Saturday afternoon, September 5, Duterte-Carpio said the local government “will dispense with and waive” the issuance of Letter of Acceptance or Notice of Coordination for locally stranded individuals (LSIs), returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs), overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and all other travelers to the city, except tourists.
She explained that such “relaxed” measure is in accordance with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Advisory dated May 22, 2020, signed by Undersecretary for Operations Epimaco V. Densing III.
The mayor further said that land travelers going to other LGUs passing through Davao City will be escorted from one border to another.
According to the DILG advisory, a Certificate of Acceptance by receiving local government units (LGUs) is not a requirement for the management of LSIs.
Duterte-Carpio, however, stressed that all arriving individuals should comply with the city’s established protocols upon their arrival in land quarantine control points, airports and seaports.
She added that all airplane passengers who are not residents of Davao City arriving at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport, also known as Davao International Airport, should coordinate with their destination LGU for the required documents and arrange their transportation or LGU pick-up vehicle.
Apparently taking consideration the “hassles” being encountered by travelers, Duterte-Carpio rescinded her previous directive that all arriving individuals, especially air passengers, must secure a maximum 72-hour negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result from the area of origin before they will be allowed to proceed to their destination.