PHOTO CAPTION: After the death of one of its supervising engineers due to COVID-19, the Akelco main office in Lezo, Aklan, is now on strict lockdown, but services will remain unhampered./iNEWS
KALIBO, Aklan – The main office of Aklan Electric Cooperative (Akelco) in Lezo, Aklan was placed under lockdown following the death of one of its employees from COVID-19.
However, the essential services would still be available to all during the lockdown.
This was confirmed by Akelco general manager Engr. Alexis Regalado on February 25.
A 47-year old engineer at the Akelco main office was pronounced dead on arrival at the Aklan provincial hospital in Kalibo, Aklan, on February 24.
A post-mortem swab testing of the patient came back positive for coronavirus.
Since 34 other Akelco employees were high-risk contacts of the deceased, the power utility distributor decided to lockdown the main office from February 25 until further notice.
Meanwhile, the high-risk contacts were asked to remain at home under strict isolation pending the release of the test results.
“Ang Lezo main office lamang ang apektado. Mga kasama sa departmento ang closed contacts ng namatay na empleyado. Titingnan natin ang sitwasyon, depende sa results ng swab tests (Only the Lezo main office is affected. The close contacts of the deceased were all from his department. We are monitoring the situation; everything else will depend on the results of the swab tests],” Regalado said.
The patient, a resident of Dumga, Makato, Aklan, and officer-in-charge of Akelco Engineering Department, was one of the latest coronavirus-related deaths recorded by the Aklan Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit this month.
As of this date, the province has logged 27 fatalities.
“Ang mga empleyado natin sa Lezo main office naka work-from-home. [Our employees at the Lezo main office now work-from-home.] We assure the electric consumers of Akelco services 24/7 despite the lockdown,” Regalado said.
It was learned that, as a precautionary measure, the disinfection and cleaning of all Akelco main offices will be conducted to reduce the risk of the virus spreading within the Akelco community and into the member-consumers.
All other Akelco sub-offices outside of Lezo are open for business to serve clients of northern Antique and the province of Aklan, including Boracay Island. The member-consumers are encouraged to transact with the sub-offices and payment centers for requests for reconnections and connections, payment of electric bills, and receipt of complaints. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)