BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Government offices in the cities of Bago and Silay, Negros Occidental have been placed under lockdown for decontamination purposes, after some of their employees were infected by COVID-19.
The city government of Bago announced on its social media account that Mayor Nicholas Yulo will suspend work at the Bago City Hall, except for offices than render essential services, effective January 20, due to the alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.
This will pave the way for the decontamination of Bago City Hall and its annex buildings, the city government of Bago, on its social media account said.
Normal operations will resume January 24.
The operation of Cadiz City Health Office was also suspended, as per order of Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. due to recent surge of COVID 19 cases, as some of its frontliners who developed symptoms were advised to undergo self-isolation.
Escalante also said that the COVID-19 vaccination scheduled at Cadiz City Arena was also cancelled until further notice.
The Silay City Hall was placed under temporary lockdown for five days, starting January 19 to 23, also for decontamination after some its employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Mayor Mark Golez, in his issued executive order, said that the temporary lockdown will apply to all departments, divisions, offices and units of the Silay City government. City government employees, including job order personnel, who will form part of the skeletal workforce will be allowed in government offices.
On the other hand, operators and drivers of public transport services are now required to be fully vaccinated as the city government of Sagay is now ramping up the demand for vaccination in the wake of steady increase of COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental.
Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III, in his issued executive order, said that all drivers, conductors and operators of public transport services, such as but not limited to tricycles for hire, jeepneys and passenger buses are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are declared ineligible for vaccination by the City Health Office.
Market vendor, lessees and their employees who have access to city-owned and barangay-owned markets, commercial establishments and facilities, and work on site are required to be vaccinated, the executive order states.
Any person who refuses to undergo vaccination shall submit a current negative Rt-PCR test result, it added.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson reminded the public not to treat fever, colds and cough, which are now prevalent, as a common or normal case because of the prevailing weather condition.
As of January 18, Negros Occidental a total of 1,151 COVID-19 cases.
If there is a need, Lacson said that they are preparing to more quarantine facilities and COVID-19 hospitals, if cases will continue to increase.*