Davao extends lockdown of City Council building to June 13

Published June 3, 2021, 2:14 PM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – The lockdown of the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) building will be extended for another seven days after 44 city government employees working at the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) building here were found positive of the Sars-CoV-2 which causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement on Thursday, June 3, Dr. Michelle Schlosser, Focal Person of the City Covid-19 Task Force, said the City Health Office (CHO) recommended placing the building on lockdown due to the number of positive cases among the employees from various offices at the SP Building.

A man looks for an appropriate box to leave his document at the legislative building of Davao City that has been temporarily closed for seven days due to recorded cases of Covid-19 among its employees. (Keith Bacongco)

“We have 44 [positive cases] when we had the mass swabbing at SP. Medyo marami kasi yan for us not to extend the lockdown of the establishment (That is a lot for us not to extend the lockdown of the establishment),” said Schlosser.

On May 28, the city government announced that effective May 31 until June 6, the entire SP building along San Pedro and Magallanes streets will be on lockdown.

The offices affected by the lockdown include the City Treasurer’s Office, City Assessor’s Office, Business Bureau, City Civil Registrar’s Office, Vice Mayor’s Office, and the councilors’ offices.

CHO Acting Head Dr. Ashley Lopez said on Wednesday, June 2, that most of those who tested positive for COVID-19 are from the City Assessor’s Office, City Treasurer’s Office, and the City Civil Registrar’s Office.

To continue facilitating the transactions, the offices placed drop boxes outside the building to receive documents. Meanwhile, payments and other transactions with the Treasurer’s Office, Assessor’s Office, and the Civil Registrar Office were temporarily transferred to the district offices.