PARAÑAQUE City Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez released an order that contains interim guidelines for establishments allowed to re-operate their business under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine starting May 16 to May 31.
The interim guideline aims to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 although the government already allowed some industries to re-operate.
Employers and employees that were interviewed by the SMNI News team meantime agreed with the said guidelines.
Employers, however, suggested that mass testing can probably be done per establishment to save time, so that congestion at the testing centers will be avoided.
In a statement from the business permit and licensing office or BPLO of the city, the local government advised employees to undergo COVID-19 tests accredited by the Department of Health first before starting to work.
The office also reminded that employees should also have the result at hand so that they can show it to the safety officer of the city health office conducting the inspection.
According to BPLO, the establishments who will not follow the said protocols will be suspended from operating or that their sanitation permit will be canceled. They will also face criminal and administrative charges under the said ordinance.
The following are the interim guidelines that should be followed:
- Health protocols from the Department of Health and City Health Office should be followed such as putting up sanitation stations in all offices.
- Putting up medical occupational health services
- Over-all decontamination of the working area.
Olivarez meantime has entrusted the monitoring of the implementation to BPLO and the City Health Office.
Previous health protocols such as wearing face masks, social distancing, and regular hand washing and sanitizing were also advised to be implemented by barangay officials.
Violators will then be endorsed to BPLO and may face due process.
The city stressed that the company will no longer need to have a clearance to re-operate from the City Health Office but noted that a rapid COVID screening test will be conducted to employees within seven months.