MMDA shuts office, premises from July 9 to 10 for disinfection due to COVID-19 cases

Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2020 10:57 AM

A security guard wearing a face masks monitors incoming visitors at the Metro Manila Development Authority headquarters in Makati on March 10, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said office work would be suspended on July 9 to 10 for disinfection after 4 personnel tested positive for COVID-19.

Four personnel tested positive for the disease after a mass rapid test and confirmatory RT-PCR swab testing, the MMDA said. Other confirmatory tests are on-going, it said.

All personnel will be allowed to go home at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Disinfection procedures will last until Sunday, July 12, the MMDA said in a statement. 

“Upon the recommendation of the MMDA COVID-19 Committee, we have decided to suspend the operations at all our offices for sanitation and disinfection to protect not only our personnel but also the transacting public against the virus,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim. 

“We assure the public that our offices will resume operations as soon as we have completed the sanitation and disinfection of our all offices by Monday,” said Lim. 

The MMDA said it has its own 800-sqm isolation facility at its parking area with sections for suspected and probable cases. 

The agency's general manager Jojo Garcia in March confirmed that he tested positive for the disease while spokesperson Celine Pialago earlier underwent self-quarantine after being exposed to suspected patients. 

The MRT-3 has also announced a 5-day shutdown after some 186 station and depot workers tested positive for COVID-19.