MMDA to suspend work for two days to give way to sanitation, disinfection of offices
PASIG CITY, July 8 (PIA) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will suspend work operations on Thursday and Friday (July 9 and 10) to give way to complete sanitation and disinfection of all its offices and adjacent premises.
“Upon the recommendation of the MMDA COVID-19 Committee, we have decided to suspend the operations at all our offices for sanitation and disinfection to protect not only our personnel but also the transacting public against the virus,” said MMDA Chairperson Danilo Lim.
This, after four of MMDA employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
“We assure the public that our offices will resume operations as soon as we have completed the sanitation and disinfection of our all offices by Monday,” said Lim.
All personnel of MMDA will be allowed to go home at 2 p.m. today to give way to the sanitation and disinfection procedures until Sunday (July 12).
According to MMDA, COVID-19 positive employees are now confined at the MMDA isolation facility. Likewise, MMDA is already conducting contact tracing efforts for personnel who have closely interacted with them.
The MMDA has its own isolation facility to accommodate employees exposed to persons with COVID-19, tested positive on rapid test, and for those awaiting swab test results.
The 800-sqm isolation facility, located at the MMDA’s parking area, has two sections – one for suspect and probable cases.
Each section of the isolation facility has a 24-bed capacity equipped with shower rooms, comfort rooms and lavatories. The rooms are fully-air conditioned, with WI-FI connection and are regularly cleaned and sanitized. Free meals are also provided.
The MMDA’s Medical Clinic is also closely monitoring and providing guidance and assistance to employees.
Meanwhile, the MMDA has put in place protocols on visitors entering the building to prevent spread of COVID-19.
“This pandemic is a difficult time for all of us and we must do everything we can to protect our personnel and visitors,” said Lim.
Based on the MMDA guidelines, all visitors with official business with the agency shall initially stay at the reception area for verification.
Strictly no personal visits are allowed for the meantime given the high risk of COVID-19 transmission at this period.
Moreover, delivery personnel shall not be allowed to go straight to the office or area of the ordering or recipient entity. All deliveries shall be transacted only at the reception lobby.
Likewise, visitors need to fill-up health declaration form with contact details for contact tracing purpose. (PIA-NCR)