Like in many parts of the world, the threat of COVID-19 is also emptying the streets of Davao City.  On 15 March 2020, the City Government of Davao has placed the city under community quarantine due to the threat of COVID-19.  Four days later, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio ordered the shutting down of malls except its grocery section and other mix-used buildings or business establishments. Then on April 4, it was upgraded to enhanced community quarantine.

Palm Sunday, April 5.

The Bajada-Lanang stretch, particularly in front SM Lanang, is one of the most congested thoroughfares of the city from 5pm-8pm.

All other establishments are closed except for drugstores along San Pedro Street.

Over a dozen public utility vehicles are parked beside a gas station as public transportation system is suspended on the first day of Ehanced Community Quarantine in Davao CIty ( 5 April 2020).

These lady security guards had to take a hike for at least 12 kilometers from Panacan area to report for duty in a popular mall along Magsaysay Avenue. While the on the bike, also a security guard from Sasa, borrowed a bicycle from his brother to report for duty in Monteverde street, also in Uyanguren commercial district.

As the mass transportation system is suspended, the City Government of Davao offers free bus rides going to outskirts of the city.

A woman prays outside San Pedro Cathedral on a Palm Sunday.

On normal days, this Farmers Trading Center (bagsakan) is one of the most crowded areas in Bankerohan market.

Aside from tricycles, customized bicycles (trisikad) have been allowed by the city government to ferry passengers. Taken along Magsaysay Avenue (Uyanguren).

Closed shops.

A man shows a food and medicine pass, which can be used only from 6am to 6pm.

A usually crowded sidewalk in front of a grocery shop along Bangoy Street in Uyanguren area.

A medical frontliner rides her bike on her way to work.

Abreeza Mall, Bajada.


As part of social distancing measures, these 10-passenger capacity tricycles are only allowed to ferry one passenger going inside  a a residential area in Lanang area, Davao City.

San Pedro Street, one of the busiest streets in the city.

A reminder.

Lights off. Bar arcade in Lanang.

A barangay worker sprays disinfectant on the road in Vicente Hizon.

Taken 6:10pm, the entrance of SM Lanang mall.

Bicycle: the most common mode of transportation during this quarantine period.

Physical distancing.

Police officers are checking every vehicle at the checkpoints during curfew hours 6pm to 6am.

The alcohol section of a grocery shop is covered with paper boards as the 24-hour liquor ban takes effect in Davao City  on April 7.

Ponciano Street.

Some fastfood stores are open but for “Take Out” order only or for delivery.

Until further notice.

Magsaysay Avenue ( Uyanguren area).

Lanang-R.Castillo junction is one of the busiest intersections of the city.