Non-essential shops operating under ECQ shuttered in Davao City

Subscribe Now May 02, 2020 at 03:14pm

The City Government of Davao has closed more than 50 “non-essential” business establishments that continued to operate even under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period, threatening to put them on the blacklist if they violate the closure order.

In a report released by the City Information Office, City Mayor Sara Duterte has created an inspection team tasked to check on the compliance of the establishments in the city with the ECQ rules.

The team, comprised of the department heads from the Business Bureau, City Legal Office, City Health Office, Davao City Investment and Promotion Center, Museo Dabawenyo and the Integrated Gender and Development Division, recommended to Duterte the issuance of cease-and- desist orders against non-essential establishments that were found operating during ECQ period.

Lorna Mandin, inspection team leader, said the establishments that were ordered closed included lumber shops, hardware, laundry shops, cellphone accessory stores, gun stores, flower shops, beauty salons, stores selling garments and shoes, and dine-in eateries in Mintal, Tugbok, Calinan, Buhangin, Cabantian, Sandawa, Matina, Toril, Dumoy, Catalunan Pequeno, Bankerohan, and A. Pichon St. and Matina Aplaya.

Under ECQ, Davao City only allows essential establishments such as groceries, supermarkets, wet markets (palengke), food commissaries, food processing or manufacturing, food delivery services, wholesale food outlets, convenience stores, sari-sari stores, hospitals, medical laboratories, pharmacies, drugstores, other health services/personnel, banks and ATMs, savings and credit cooperatives. money-transfer services and bayad centers, pawnshops, courier services, other delivery services, doctor’s and dentist’s clinics, gas stations, water refilling stations, LPG stations, business process outsourcing/call centers, funeral parlors, cemeteries, and mass media outlets to operate.

Mandin added the five of the inspected establishments were subject to further investigation by the Davao City Police Office for possible filing of cases.

She said “inspection team conducted a random inspection of business establishment in the city following information posted by concerned citizens on the different media platforms of the city government, including in the Davao City Reports and the Operations Center that they remained open despite ECQ guidelines.”


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