More government, public utility offices in Cebu close temporarily amid COVID-19 pandemic

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 15 2020 09:58 PM

CEBU CITY - More government and public utility offices in the province of Cebu have suspended operations after some of their employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) announced Monday that its office in Cebu City will temporarily close until further notice.

Water district spokesperson Edna Inocando said one employee is a confirmed COVID-19 case. Another employee died but they have yet to verify if this was due to COVID-19. 

“We will be disinfecting the building and have meetings on how to go about operations,” Inocando said in the local language.

Consumers of MCWD can pay their bills through the district’s official website and through banks while the office is closed.

This made it hard for some Cebu City residents who went all the way to the MCWD office thinking that they would be able to pay their bills.

“We thought they would be open today, feels like we wasted our money on taxi,” said Luzelle Gayo who was supposed to pay three months worth of water bills.

MCWD advised their patrons to use alternative payment schemes and call their hotline for other concerns.

Aside from MCWD, the Mandaue City Hall of Justice will be on a lockdown for 12 days because a fiscal who recently died tested positive for COVID-19. Another employee inside the hall of justice also tested positive.

Disinfection of the building and swab testing on employees has already been done.

“We cannot trace the source of the infection but we are doing all the protocols for COVID positive areas,” said Atty. Eddu Ibanez, the spokesperson for Mandaue City.

Trials will continue via video conferencing instead.

Region 7 has already recorded more than 4,500 COVID-19 cases as of June 12.