BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Mayor Mark Golez has ordered the temporary lockdown of 19 departments and offices at the Silay City Hall and its compound, effective today until May 28 for disinfection purposes, after 10 employees tested positive for Covid-19.
In his Special Executive Order No. 2021-05-07, series of 2021, Golez said these offices include the City Legal, Assessor’s, Bids and Awards Committee, Accounting, Internal Audit, City Budget, City Nutrition, Community Affairs, Persons with Disabilities Affairs, Pantawid, City Treasurer’s, Business Permits and Licensing, City Environment and Natural Resources, Housing, Public Employment Service, Information Technology, Human Resource and Management, Office of the Register of Deeds, and Commission on Audit -Silay satellite office.
Officials and employees of affected offices are required to undergo strict home quarantine, Golez said.
But he advised the heads of offices concerned to maintain a skeletal workforce to facilitate urgent and critical transactions, and to ensure the unhampered delivery of public service.
Only city government employees, including job order personnel, who will form part of the skeletal workforce, will be allowed entry.
As of May 22, the cities of Silay and Talisay ranked number 2 for having the most number of active cases with 113 each, next to San Carlos City with 156 infections, the Provincial Incident Management Team reported.
The other offices, departments, and divisions of the Silay City government not included in the lockdown do not have any recent or existing cases, and as such, shall maintain their regular day-to-day operations to cater to the transacting public and ensure the continuity of the delivery of basic essential services, and shall strictly observe health and community quarantine protocols at all times, Golez said.
He added that the City Health Office and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office personnel will conduct extensive contact tracing and disinfecting measures during the containment period.
The special EO also states that employees who have Covid symptoms, or whose immediate family member/s in the same household were identified by the Silay Covid-19 Task Force as probable, suspected, or confirmed cases, are ordered to work from home. “Tighter health and community quarantine protocols must be kept high at all costs with or without Covid case involvement among offices and employees,” Golez said.*