City braces for temporary effects of martial law

DAVAO City has been swamped with calls and inquiries regarding local security in the first week of the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said there were scheduled large events in the city that have been canceled because of safety concerns, particularly from the hundreds of participants who would have made their way here.

However, Mayor Carpio said the local government hopes this situation is only temporary.

The tourism offices in the city and the entire region, Carpio said, are working to resolve the situation. “They’re planning to overcome the situation, and sa tan-aw nila, this is only in the first few days and weeks,” she said.

Local officials and residents are in a “wait and see” mode as the city recently implemented a hold and secure status, which is a notch below a total lockdown.

Assistant city administrator Tristan Dwight Domingo in an interview assured residents that the city is 100% business as usual. But he admitted that the city is feeling the effects of martial law in terms of its tourism and investment efforts.

Crime rate has been close to zero, according to the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

The nights are also quieter, with fewer patrons at local night haunts such as bars. This past week, 9 minors aged 15 to 16 were brought to the police station after they violated the local curfew ordinance.

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