Martial law in Davao City? No, it’s just DQR, says Inday Sara

Martial law in Davao City? No, it’s just DQR, says Inday Sara

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio

By Junex Doronio

There is no martial law in the country’s largest city rather, it’s nothing but enforcement of DQR or Davao Quick Response for the safety of one and all so said presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio Wednesday.

Starting November 7, the spunky mayor warned that Dabawenyos and non-Davao City residents caught in the streets without their personal Safe Davao QR (DQR) code will be apprehended.

“Pag wala kay (If you will be caught outside and fail to present your) DQR, you will be held,” the mayor said in an interview via 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.

DQR is an electronic contact tracing and travel pass platform intended to be implemented for several purposes.

On Tuesday, November 3, the City Government issued Executive Order (EO) 60 which provides the guidelines on the implementation of the DQR in the city for all Davao City residents and non-city residents who wish to travel for essential purposes.

Duterte-Carpio stressed that the City Government will start implementing the “No QR Code, No Travel, No Entry” Policy within the city, effective November 7.

The Davao City chief executive pointed out that the system is needed to control the further spread of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the city due to the full occupancy of beds in the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and temporary treatment and monitoring facilities.

She clarified that it will also serve as a pass for entry into and travel inside Davao City to implement the requirement that travel must be for goods and accessing essential services or for work/business only.

Duterte-Carpio added that this will serve as a contact-tracing log for entry and exit in all offices and establishments.

The EO also emphasized that all individuals who will be going outside their residence or beyond three meters from their houses, for structures without gates, must bring their DQR for non-essential travels such as “panilingan (gossiping with neighbors), tambay (loitering), “gimmick” (goodtime), suroy-suroy (travels),” etc.

Duterte-Carpio said the city will be hosting video conferencing with the different sectors, including law enforcers and establishments on how they will use the DQR.

She further said that an instructional video on how the public can register and use the DQR will also be posted on the City Government’s official social media accounts. (ia)

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