COVID-19 cases in PCOO reach to 132

Published August 23, 2020, 10:35 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

The number of COVID-19 cases at the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) reached 132 on Saturday evening as more employees in the agency get tested for the disease.
Despite this, the number of recoveries at the PCOO climbed to 51 this week.
Based on an update provided by Communications Assistant Secretary JV Arcena, the PCOO has recorded the following cases as of August 22, 9 p.m.:

  • PCOO Proper: 13 active, 26 recovered, 1 death
  • PTV-4: 16 active, 2 recovered, 1 death  
  • APO Production Unit: 8 active, 2 recovered, 1 death
  • Bureau of Broadcast Service (BBS): 1 active, 2 recovered
  • National Printing Office (NPO): 32 active
  • Philippine Information Agency (PIA): 7 recovered
  • Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM): 3 active, 8 recovered
  • News and Information Bureau (NIB): 5 active, 4 recovered 

Meantime, the following PCOO-attached offices have no cases of COVID-19:

  • Bureau of Communication Services (BCS)
  • IBC-13

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has assured the public that the PCOO continues to take proactive measures to address the situation and that they immediately conducted another batch of testing and contact tracing of the primary and secondary contacts of those newly infected staff.
He added that its COVID-19 Response Team, composed of COVID-19 Warriors from every office within PCOO, continues to coordinate all of the office’s efforts on contact tracing, testing, monitoring, and isolation/quarantine.
The former journo, meanwhile, has assured the public that the PCOO will continue providing its services despite the increase in the number of cases.
“Rest assured that the delivery of essential and timely information to the Filipino public will continue despite the unfortunate circumstance we are facing,” he said.
“As work at the New Executive Building (NEB) remains suspended, PCOO continues to adopt a work-from-home arrangement in order to fulfill its obligations and mandate to the Filipino people,” he added.