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P’que buildings closed due to COVID-19 cases

THE Hall of Justice and the legislative building at the back of the Paranaque City hall will remain close until Sunday after several employees tested of positive of COVID-19.

Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez placed the building under lockdown from April 5 to 11 upon the recommendation of city health officer Dr. Olga Virtusio.

Virtusio informed yesterday Olivarez that a total of 36 employees from the legislative and justice hall offices contracted the COVID-19, “which need immediate attention from

As of April 5, Paranaque has 13, 512 confirmed cases including 11,763 (87 percent) recoveries and 319 (2.4 percent) deaths, leaving 1,430 active cases.

Barangay BF has the highest number of active cases with 155 among the city’s 16 barangays. This was followed by Barangay Don Bosco with 149 active cases and Barangay San Dionisio with 141 active cases.

Virtusio also also recommended the conduct of mandatory RT-PCR tests on all occupants of the two offices as she suggested to reduce the number of personnel that can physically report for work at the city hall complex.

City public information chief Mar Jimenez also announced that the office hours will be shortened this week due to the surge in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff.

Jimenez said offices that are being housed in the Legislative Building include those of the Vice Mayor, 18 city councilors, Barangay Operations Office, and SK Federation.

It can be recalled that the legislative building headed by Vice Mayor Rico Golez was placed on lockdown on March 16 – 21 after several employees tested positive for COVID-19.

On the hand, the offices that are located at the justice hall include the regional trial courts, municipal trial courts, prosecutor’s office and clerk of courts. “All court hearings and transactions at the hall justice this week will be postponed until further notices,” said Jimenez.