THE lockdown of the entire DILG-NAPOLCOM Center in Quezon City was extended for another week after one of the employees of the police commission tested positive for COVID-19.
NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio Casurao said the extension started yesterday and he immediately ordered the closure of the whole building located at the corner of EDSA and Quezon Avenue in Bgy. West Triangle after an employee of the police commission tested positive from a swab test conducted on July 10.
The earlier lockdown was supposedly ended Sunday (July 12) after the disinfection in all offices was done. However, work for personnel under skeleton workforce (SWF) arrangement was supposed to resume Monday when a report came that a NAPOLCOM employee was tested positive.
A memorandum signed by Atty. Casurao said that the entire building will be closed to the public for another week from July 13 to 17 to minimize physical interaction with employees and clients while the agency is undertaking the required contact-tracing activities.
Casurao said resumption of work will be on July 20.
Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan and the Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) in Manila were also placed under lockdown yesterday after two court workers at the Anti-Graft Court were tested positive of COVID-19 during swab testing or confirmatory reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).
In a memorandum, Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang also cited the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Quezon City as one of the main reasons to physically close the Sandiganbayan.
"This step is necessary to enable the Sandiganbayan to conduct immediate and thorough disinfection of its entire building and to conduct contact tracing/monitoring of the health of the Court's employees," Tang said in a memorandum.
The anti-graft court will still continue to function under alternative work arrangement and through the Court’s hotline and email addresses found at the Sandiganbayan website.
In Manila MeTC, Executive Judge Carissa Anne Manook-Frondozo ordered a lockdown of the MeTC Branch 30 and MeTC Manila office of the Ckerk of Court to pave way for the disinfection.
The lockdown will take effect from July 13 to 24 while the MeTC Office of the Clerk of Court at the Park View Plaza will take effect from July 13 to 22.
With Hector Lawas and Itchie Cabayan