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54 Batangas Capitol staff, tests positive for COVID-19

by Bhaby De Castro
April 7, 2021

54 Batangas Capitol staff, tests positive for COVID-19
Batangas arch (Photo from BuhayBatangas)

BATANGAS CITY - A total of 54 employees of the Batangas the provincial government have tested positive for COVID-19 according to data from the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

The virus was most affected by the Provincial Treasurer’s Office, where employees responsible for distributing financial assistance, such as educational, medical, burial, and other assistance came from.

Most of the offices with high numbers of COVID cases are in frontline services in the Capitol, including the Provincial Assistance for Community Development Office, Provincial Accounting Office, Provincial Veterinary Office, and Lobo District Hospital.

According to the Office of the Provincial Governor, every office of the Capitol enforces compliance with all health protocols against the new coronavirus, including the wearing of face masks and face shields, 30% - 50% workforce per office, non -admission of visitors to offices, and physical distancing.

Therefore, it is re-emphasized that the provincial government staff must be more careful, due to the high infection rate, in the face of their continued performance of their duties.

In this regard, the scheduled distribution of an honorarium of barangay volunteer workers and assistance to families not on the list of those who had a COVID-19 case and contact tracing will continue next week. The said financial assistance will be received by the presidents of Barangay Health Workers of various towns in the province.

Meanwhile, in the last session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Vice Governor Mark Leviste said that these offices are "drastically infected" where many have tested positive for the virus.

Leviste advised everyone to be careful especially fellow lawmakers who regularly face the public as well as SP staff and even those who visit their office to strictly follow minimum health standards and wear a jacket or long sleeves as additional self-protection. (Bhaby P. De Castro-PIA Batangas/PIO Province)


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