QC to sue manning agency for failure to help COVID-19 positive contract worker

Published March 21, 2021, 3:26 PM

by Allysa Nievera

The local government of Quezon City on Sunday, March 21 said it will file charges against another manning agency for its failure to help a worker who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The patient from Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu used public transportation to go to the Quezon City Hall and seek assistance from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO).

The patient has been staying in Quezon City since February 21 while waiting for his deployment abroad.

The city government said it will press charges against the Staffhouse Manpower Office for violating Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

“The city government will also file a complaint before the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) against the company, being a manpower agency sending Filipinos abroad,” City Legal Officer Atty. Orlando Casimiro said.
On March 18, 2021, he underwent RT-PCR test at Delos Santos Hospital where he joined 20 other applicants from Staffhouse.

After receiving the positive result, the patient was asked by the residents of the house where he is staying, to leave and look for another place to stay.  

The patient was immediately brought to a quarantine facility after he informed the DRRMO employees that he tested positive for COVID-19.