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DDO shelters 33 passengers from Manila

Davao de Oro Province— Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine and the strict implementation of the Regional Lockdown in Davao Region, a Philtranco bus was pulled over in a checkpoint in the borders of Barangay Pasian Monkayo, Davao de Oro.

The bus left Pasay City on March 16, 2020. All of them, including a one-year-old child were taken to the Davao de Oro Farm Training Center and will undergo a 14-day quarantine. The said bus with its crew and passengers were supposed to be prohibited from entering Davao de Oro since the Regional Covid-19 task force strictly forbids the entry of anyone within Davao Region and Davao Provinces.

The Provincial Government of Davao de Oro catered the needs of the stranded passengers and housed them in the facility of the farm. A mobile kitchen from the Bayanihan Para Sa Kalusugan ensures that the basic needs of the stranded passengers under quarantine will be provided. “This will only be allowed once; again, only once and no more than that. Because as a father I could not bear to see a one-year-old child travel back to their origin at this time of distress,” said Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy.

Through the coordination of the Provincial Health Office, Kusina Ng Kalinga, Philippine National Police, Agro-Eco Tourism Complex, Civil Security Unit, Provincial Community Affairs and Development Section and the Barangay Local Government Unit of Pasian Monkayo, the Provincial Government of Davao de Oro continues to provide assistance for our brothers and sisters who were far from their families in this time of affliction.

As part of their daily activities, they perform zumba as their exercise, movie marathons, cleaning the facility to strip their boredom and as remedy for homesickness and prayers for guidance and protection from the emerging crisis. The Provincial Health Office conducts daily medical check-up to monitor their health status. Social distancing is strictly implemented among them and were provided with face masks for optimum security. Safety measures were also observed by the team in providing their service.

They are now on their 3rd day of quarantine. Two individuals from the group, one driver and one passenger were already taken to Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) last March 24, 2020 as Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and will undergo further tests.

“Nagpasalamat gyud mi sa tanang nagtabang sa amua, sa gobyerno ug sa tanan-tanan kay wala mi gipasagdan, dili pareha sa uban nga grabe ang kahimtang,” said Janeth Reyes, one of the passengers in the Philtranco bus. (Jasteen Abella, ID DAVAO DE ORO)


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