By Che Palicte
DAVAO CITY: The city government assured that strict protocols are in place for arriving passengers, mostly Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), onboard the two mercy flights from Manila on Tuesday and Thursday this week.
In a radio interview Monday, Mayor Sara Duterte said the two mercy flights, which have been given a go signal by the Department of Transportation, carry an undetermined number of OFWs from different countries.
“We have our procedure here in Davao. That is the best we can do as of now for the entry of returning residents,” Duterte added.
She assured that stricter measures would also be imposed on arriving passengers. To recall, one of the passengers of the May 6 Manila-Davao City sweeper flight had tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
For the mercy flight, the mayor said all passengers would be given screening cards and should undergo rapid testing upon arrival.
“They are also obliged to undergo strict self-quarantine and monitoring,” she added.
Passengers manifesting symptoms within the 14-day quarantine are required to inform their district/barangay health officer and go to the Southern Philippines Medical Center.
They are required to undergo symptom screening on the 7th day and 14th day from the date of their arrival.
Duterte told residents to manage their expectations on the effect of arrivals of stranded Davao City residents from other areas.
“Expect that every time there is a bulk of people entering the city, there will be a positive case,” she said.
As of 8 a.m. on May 11, Davao City has recorded 57 active Covid-19 cases with 22 deaths and 81 recoveries.