Period of mourning and vigilance declared in Davao City
DAVAO CITY, April 20 (PIA) – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has declared a period of mourning and vigilance in Davao City effective until December 31, 2020.
She said based on Executive Order No. 25, all city and national government celebrations parties, anniversaries and festivities are cancelled this year.
Duterte-Carpio also said that based on the EO, commemoration of important dates and holidays will be celebrated on a somber tone and shorter.
She also said that private parties to mark personal and family milestones must be low key and modest.
“The celebration must be simple because many of our people are suffering nowadays,” Duterte-Carpio said
She urged people to be mindful of the overall situation that many people are hungry and may consider food distribution, feeding or giving out financial assistance their employees to highlight their celebrations.
Duterte-Carpio said it is better to give financial assistance to employees because they need it more in the coming months like enrollment and other fees like amortization.
Section 7 of the Executive Order No. 25 cites that the City Government can file action on the basis of the Article 25 of the Civil Code and other pertinent laws in case of thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display.
She said it is provided in the Civil Code that thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display can be stopped by the government in time of emergencies.
“A restraining order can be filed to this effect by the government,” Duterte-Carpio said. She said Kadayawan will be celebrated on through a mass, as a way of thanksgiving of Davao City.
Duterte-Carpio said that Indak-indak sa Kadalanan, Parada and nightly concerts will be cancelled.
“We suggested to the private sector to modify their celebrations. If they insist of a bigger celebration, we will exercise our option to file a restraining order because August, 2020 still falls under the state of calamity of the country which is good for six months.
The state of calamity ends in September, 2020, “she said.
Duterte-Carpio said it is unlikely to celebrate when many people are hungry.
It is the kind of atmosphere that the city government wants to imbibe for the next eight months considering the suffering and hardships of people due to hard work and loss of lives.
“The control measures are not yet included here especially the orders of the doctors on what to do. The doctors will surely discourage mass gatherings,” Duterte-Carpio.
She said doctors will ask this basic requirement of no mass gathering. Duterte-Carpio said mass gathering is one of the opportunities for COVID-19 transmission.
She stressed all government and private institutions must comply to this Executive Order.
Duterte-Carpio said blood donations can still be done provided it will be within the laboratory of the Red Cross.
“If the doctors say there will be no mass gathering, definitely we will all comply. The doctors have been requiring it since Day 1. No mass gathering,” she said.
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