THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) temporarily suspended the work of its employees on Thursday and Friday to give way to the complete sanitation and disinfection of all its offices and adjacent premises.
All personnel will be allowed to go home at 2pm on Wednesday as their workplaces will undergo sanitation and disinfection procedures until Sunday (July 12) amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“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,” MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said.
No employee shall be allowed to enter any office during the sanitation and disinfection period.
“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.
Four personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus after the mass rapid testing and confirmatory swab test. Immediately, their offices were placed on lockdown and sanitized. Contact tracing was made and people who had close encounter with them were ordered to strictly comply with the 14-day quarantine period and were subjected to swab tests.
Others employees who tested positive in the rapid test were made to undergo swab test and quarantine according to protocol.
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.
Meanwhile, the MMDA has put in place protocols on visitors entering the building to prevent spread of COVID-19.
According to the guidelines, all visitors with official business with the agency shall initially stay in the reception area for verification if the visitor will be allowed to go to the concerned office.
Strictly no personal visits are allowed for the meantime given the high risk of COVID-19 transmission at this period.