DAR main office placed under lockdown

Published July 15, 2020, 9:51 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) compound in Quezon City will be placed under lockdown to conduct disinfection from July 15 to Aug. 2, 2020 after one of its officials tested positive for COVID-19.

DAR Secretary John Castriciones issued a memorandum for the immediate suspension of work at the DAR main office, along with its Regional Offices 4-A and 4-B that are also located in the DAR compound in Elliptical Road on Tuesday afternoon.

He said that all its personnel will be working from home while disinfection of the whole building will be conducted during the lockdown.

The DAR chief also instructed Administrative Services Director Primo Lara to closely coordinate with the Department of Health (DoH) for the swab testing of all DAR employees who had direct contact with the official who contracted the virus.

These employees will be tested from July 16 to July 18, 2020.

Castriciones said the DAR chief protocol officer would conduct a comprehensive contact tracing for the purpose of reporting findings to the DoH.

He also ordered all DAR employees to report their health status to their respective sectoral heads for monitoring and safety protocols.

For the time being, Castriciones ensured that critical office functions, as determined by the sectors, will be manned by a skeleton workforce during the lockdown.

However, he noted that  the lockdown period may be shortened or extended depending on the health emergency situation and swab tests results.