Iloilo Capitol now requires full vaccination among on-site workers

PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor (inset) is implementing IATF Resolution No. 148-B requiring all on-site employees of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photos courtesy of Aksyon Radyo Iloilo and the PNA)

ILOILO–The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) resolution requiring employees working on-site to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is now up for implementation at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

“Kita nga empleyado sang gobyerno, nagaserbisyo kita sa publiko, maayo gid kon gaatubang kita sa aton mga kasimanwa nga safe kita. Amo man na ang sa private sector [We who work in government, we serve the public so it is really good for us to be safe (by being fully-vaccinated). That is also true with the private sector],” Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said in explaining his decision to implement IATF Resolution No. 148-B.

Based on the said decree, “Eligible employees who remain to be unvaccinated may not be terminated solely by reason thereof. However, they shall be required to undergo RT-PCR tests regularly at their own expense for purposes of on-site work.”

“Maayo gid nga ang mga empleyado naton sa mga ulubrahan, indi man malikawan nga kun ulubrahan gani, madamo tawo. Maayo nga bakunada [It would be good for our Capitol employees, since all offices are usually packed with people, to be fully-vaccinated],” stated the provincial chief executive.

He said that aside from those working at the Capitol, it would also help that people going to the Capitol to transact business at the provincial government offices or even in other national government offices are fully vaccinated to avoid virus transmission.

In the same interview, Defensor was asked if the implementation of IATF Resolution No. 148-B is tantamount to the Provincial Capitol employing the “no vaccine, no entry” policy for its workers, to which he answered in the affirmative.

“Yes, that is correct. Ang aton nga ubra, it is imbued with public interest. Ti, halimbawa, ako, kun indi ako bakunado kag wala ako booster (shot), delikado ang tanan nga nagakadto sa opisina ko… Ti, mas maayo na ‘ya para sa ila nga kun magkadto sila sa gobernador, mas gamay ang risgo nila; Indi sila malatnan kag ang risgo nila sa tanan man nga empleyado nga agyan nila didto sa aton opisina [Yes, that is correct. Our work is imbued with public interest. Now, for example, if I am not vaccinated and without a booster shot, all those who come to my office will be at risk…so it would be better for them that when they visit the governor, their risk of infection and the risk they pose to other employees they meet in my office is low],” Defensor said.

From today, December 1, all Capitol workers need to present a vaccination card showing they are fully vaccinated to be allowed in. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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