NIA central office on lockdown; 3 employees test positive for COVID-19

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) central office in Quezon City has been placed under lockdown after three employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Although the said employees have not been reporting to work since June 11 and June 19, NIA still decided to lockdown the main office as a precautionary measure.

From July 1 to 7, NIA central office will adopt a work-from-home arrangement, while essential personnel will continue to report for work as necessary. 

For the period July 8-14, it will implement a combination of skeleton workforce and work-from-home arrangement.

After the recent reported COVID-19 case, NIA immediately adhered to the necessary protocols of subjecting all central office employees to rapid screening.

All employees who underwent the first batch of test at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center turned out to be negative. 

However, there were a number of employees who tested positive who had to undergo further tests.

Meanwhile, disinfection of vehicles, buildings, and premises, and installation of office protective coverings were conducted to prevent and control the spread of the virus. 

Similarly, face shields, face masks, hygiene kits, and multivitamins for employees, and Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfecting Germicidal Sterilizer Light per office were provided by the agency.

NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya has called on all its employees to remain vigilant against COVID-19 and observe necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

He said the health and safety of its employees are on top priorities of the agency.