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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Nine OWWA employees test positive for COVID-19

Nine employees of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) prompting the agency to close its central office in Pasay City on Monday for decontamination process.

An advisory on Monday from Zenaida Ramos, officer-in-charge of the General Administrative Service, stated, “Please be advised that a thorough decontamination of the OWWA Central Office building will be conducted on 20 July 2020 to ensure a safe work environment free of contagion.”

All employees of the central office were sent home following the announcement.

Ramos said frontline personnel assigned at the Operations Center and Repatriation Assistance Division “shall render duty on a skeletal schedule during this period”.

“Further, the teams scheduled on July 20 2020 at the PITX and Airport terminals shall continue their operations,” the advisory added.

Meanwhile, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Sunday the temporary suspension of the front-line services of its Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) office in Pasay City from July 20 to 24.

This came following the confirmatory results of six PRC-PICC employees who tested positive for COVID-19.

“The PRC Offices at the PICC will be closed on the said dates to facilitate disinfection of the said premises and to conduct contact tracing among affected personnel and clients,” the PRC said in advisory.

It said the six employees as well as those who have known exposure to them are “currently under strict home quarantine”.

File photo: foursquare.com/Rome F.

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