Use of buses mulled in DC if many PUJ drivers turn out COVID positive

DAVAO CITY, April 26 PIA)- Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio mulled of using buses in all routes if  many PUJ drivers will turn out positive of COVID-19 infection.

Mandatory swab tests started today for all routes of public utility, and delivery drivers in the city at the Crocodile Park along Carlos P. Garcia Highway. 

She said drivers do not have to undergo quarantine while waiting for the test result. 

However, Duterte-Carpio stressed that the positive ones will be isolated immediately. 

“You will be given the result of the swab test from two to three days,” she said.

Duterte-Carpio said that during the mandatory testing, merienda and grocery packs are given to all the clients. 

She clarified that if ever a driver turns positive, he will be informed through the DQR Code which has the contact number of the person.

Duterte-Carpio underscored that the best friend of the COVID-19 virus is mass gathering.

She stressed it was the non-observance of social distancing that prompted her to disband the community pantry at Quimpo Boulevard fronting a mall in Matina.

“The organizers need to coordinate with the City Government in ensuring that the minimum public health standard is complied with where people observe social distancing consistently,” Duterte-Carpio pointed out.

She also cited the Muslim communities in the city and other crowded places, as the areas to be swabbed, two weeks after the Ramadan.

Duterte-Carpio stressed that the city’s campaign on COVID-19 is geared towards COVID-19 regardless of the variant. 

She said the checkpoints have screened from areas with higher COVID-19 cases. 

“They are checked by our TF Davao personnel especially from areas with high incidents of COVID-19,” Duterte-Carpio said. 

She bared proposing the possible semi- closing of the borders of Davao City while  it is addressing the COVID-19 cases here. 

“We wrote the RIATF for their consideration,” she said.

Duterte-Carpio also announced the extension of the liquor ban and curfew for a month up to May 31, 2021.  (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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