BACOLOD CITY–Save for those still in recovery after contracting COVID-19, the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol workforce is fully motivated and healthy.
This, according to Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator, when asked if the Capitol was going to operate with a skeleton staff and reduced productivity amid spiking COVID-19 cases in the province.
“We see no need for a skeleton labor force at this time. In fact, everyone is pumped and ready to deliver targets,” he said, adding, “We are not slowing down.”
Under Executive Order No.17 series of 2021, issued by the Bacolod City government, public and private offices are advised to implement a skeleton workforce system when coronavirus cases are on the rise.
In fact, in August last year, the Capitol implemented a four-day work schedule and work-from-home scheme after several employees got infected with COVID.
“The same protocol is still in place as we found it to be effective. Along the way, if it becomes necessary to develop new strategies or adopt new technologies to make the Capitol workplace safer for employees, clients, and visitors, then, we will adapt,” Diaz stated. “But as it is, we are good to go for another year.”
According to the provincial administrator, the disinfection of Capitol offices is being done on a regular basis, and frontliners–particularly those working in the molecular laboratories, the Provincial Health Office, and the disaster management office–are being tested in 14-day intervals.
Diaz, however, also confirmed that 42 individuals, including six doctors assigned at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital, a medical technologist at the TLJPH molecular laboratory, a swabber assigned at the PHO, and other government employees and their respective families are still in isolation at Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia town. In addition, he disclosed, four patients are recovering in Cadiz, 13 in Silay, and 111 at the EB Magalona healing center. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)