MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday announced that its main building in Intramuros, Manila will remain closed until Thursday to give way to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing for all its employees assigned there.
In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the temporary closure was extended as only about half of the nearly 700 employees at the bureau’s main office were tested on Monday and Tuesday.
Morente added that the bureau’s General Services Section has also for more time to complete the disinfection and sanitation of the entire four-story building and its premises.
The BI earlier said it was suspending operations at its headquarters after three of its employees reportedly tested positive for the viral respiratory disease.
While BI’s main building is closed, Morente said the public may conduct their business in the bureau’s satellite and extension offices in Metro Manila.
“Those who have registered with our online appointment system will be notified or may inquire about their new schedule by contacting our hotlines that can be viewed at immigration.gov.ph,” he added.
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