If you need to go to any Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) office this week, you better do so before 2:00 PM today, July 8. That's because the MMDA has announced that starting July 9, Thursday, until July 12, Sunday, all offices, including their headquarters, will be temporarily closed. This is to give way to sanitation and disinfection procedures.
According to a statement released by the agency, all personnel will be allowed to go home at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 8, as their workplaces will undergo sanitation and disinfection procedures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease. During the entire disinfection period, no employee will be allowed to enter any of the MMDA offices.
The reason for the sanitation and disinfection procedures at all MMDA offices is due to four personnel that have tested positive for COVID-19 after mass rapid testing and confirmatory swab test. Since then, their offices have been placed on lockdown and sanitized. Contract tracing has also been made to those who have had contact with infected personnel. Meanwhile, other employees that have tested positive in the rapid test have now undergone swab test and quarantine.
“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. 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 MMDA chairman Danilo Lim.
Once operations resume on Monday, new protocols will be in place for visitors entering the MMDA HQ and offices. Based on the guidelines, all visitors with official business shall initially stay in the reception area for verification. Once verification is confirmed, only then will the visitor be allowed to go to the concerned office. No personal visits will be allowed in the meantime.
Despite all of the MMDA offices being closed, their constables will still be on duty. So, don't expect that there won't be any MMDA officers on the road from July 9 to 12.