By Jel Santos
The 31 personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) who got exposed to a person exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, recently finished their 14-day quarantine and are now in good health.
According to the agency, those who underwent quarantine are personnel from the Metrobase, Flood Control Information Office (FCIC), and security department, holding office at the Metrobase Building.
“For 14 days, the personnel stayed inside the Metrobase building which became their quarantine area,” MMDA said.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said they all tested negative for COVID-19 using rapid diagnostic test.
“We are happy that our workers have completed the 14-day quarantine and have tested negative for COVID-19. No one has shown any symptoms of being infected,” he expressed.
MMDA said the 31 personnel were sent home on Saturday morning.
Joshua Salazar, Metrobase Operations Commander who went into quarantine, said all their needs, such as food, medicines, clothing, face masks, gloves, and other medical needs were provided by the MMDA management.
“We are thankful to Chairman Lim, GM Garcia and the management for providing all our needs. While on quarantine, MMDA officials thru Chief of Staff, OGM, Mr. Michael Salalima, stayed connected with us, checking up on us daily via teleconference,” he said.
MMDA Medical Team said they regularly monitored their personnel’s body temperature and conducted follow-up checkups.
“The Medical team kept reminding us about the guidelines to prevent COVID-19. We wore face mask even inside the Metrobase. Physical distancing was also strictly observed while we were eating and sleeping. We followed their advice to ensure that we do not infect others if we have the virus,” Salazar said.
Despite their predicament, MMDA said their personnel still continued their regular duties to ensure that services at the Metrobase continue unhampered.
They continued monitoring traffic and other road activities on closed-circuit television cameras and provided technical assistance while FCIC members monitor and provide crucial information during crisis situations.
After sending home the personnel, MMDA said they conducted massive disinfection and proper sanitation at the Metrobase.