12 employees in Davao del Norte town contract coronavirus

THE Municipal Government of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte will be implementing an alternative work arrangement meant to reduce the number of personnel at its offices after 12 employees tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

In a press release, the Sto. Tomas local government unit (LGU) said the work arrangement will take effect on September 13.

“A full on-site capacity, however, will be employed by offices providing health and emergency frontline services, laboratory and testing services, and other critical services,” the LGU said.

As of September 10, a total of 12 personnel from the municipal government contracted the Covid-19 virus. All have been under strict isolation as contact tracing of persons exposed to them was being ramped up by the contact tracing team.

The local government will conduct decontamination and sanitation of offices, buildings and public spaces on Saturday in the main LGU building and adjacent premises.

In a Memorandum Circular issued by Mayor Ernesto Evangelista, he also ordered Department and Section Heads to establish a skeleton workforce to ensure continued operation of the various offices. Such documents must be submitted to the Human Resource and Management Office (HRMO) for records purposes.

Evangelista, however, gave them the liberty to modify the submitted on-site capacity and related arrangements as health considerations and the exigencies of the service may so require.

As of Friday, Santo Tomas logged 225 active cases and 84 Covid-19-related deaths.

In a related development, two barangays have imposed granular lockdowns effective Thursday, September 9, in a bid to prevent further the spread of infection in their respective communities.

As per report, Barangay Tulalian had 55 active cases while Barangay Balagunan had 33 active cases.

Contact tracing and investigation have been ongoing.

The LGU will issue a statement once a complete case report has been forwarded.

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SunStar Davao is Davao City's most sought after community content provider in both print and online. It is part of the SunStar news network in the Philippines. Sun.Star Davao started as a bi-weekly newspaper Peryodiko Dabaw in December 1985 by Elpidio G. Damaso as the so-called alternative press during the end days of the Marcos dictatorship. It started publishing five times a week the following year and was relaunched as Ang Peryodiko Dabaw on September 7, 1987, marking the entry of new investors and its use of desktop publishing, while its Davao City competitors were still using letterpress.

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