TACLOBAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) -- Starting Monday, June 1, 2020, all LGU employees were advised not to report to office until further notice, and shall be adopting the Work From Home (WFH), an alternative work arrangement, LGU San Miguel, Leyte announced through Public Advisory No. 3.
This is in view of the exposure of one returnee of Tacloban City, an immediate family member of one of the employees and one elected official of the LGU to one (1) confirmed case from Tolosa (Patient EV-39) who was on the same flight PAL PR4981 and arrived in Tacloban City on May 25, 2020.
The said returnee went straight to his residence in the said city, instead of going to the designated isolation facility, to undergo quarantine. Living under one roof with the returnee are the said LGU employee and elected official.
The said government employee and elected official have been reporting to office last week, with the LGU having no knowledge of the family's circumstance at that time.
It was only found out on Saturday, through the efforts of the Rural Health Unit of San Miguel, Leyte that the returnee was on the same flight with Patient EV-39, and has not undergone swabbing upon arrival.
As a precautionary measure and per standard health protocols, the Municipal LGU premises will be disinfected/sanitized Sunday, thus, all LGU employees and elected officials have been directed not to report to office and instead WFH, stay home, and refrain from closely interacting with other people until the swab test results turn out negative.
In coordination with the City Health Office of Tacloban, the aforesaid returnee will be prioritized in the conduct of swab testing.
Meanwhile, the LGU Advisory stated that not until the swab testing generates negative result, the Municipal LGU will adopt the WFH alternative work arrangement.
The LGU reiterated that adherence to the set standard health protocols and close coordination with the authorities concerned are two of the Municipality's greatest safeguards in its fight against COVID-19.
"As the State has the prime duty to protect its citizens from this global pandemic, and so do we, as citizens. Each of us has the responsibility to protect ourselves," the Advisory added.
LGU San Miguel appealed to the returning residents and their families to strictly follow protocols, closely coordinate with the LGU and concerned national government agencies, and divulge all necessary/relevant information with regards to their return to San Miguel; and to the public to remain calm, and strictly observe the precautionary measures set forth by the local and national government issuances and directives. (PIA-8)