THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII will implement a full disinfection of its office facility and building on July 9, 10, 11 and 12.
The DSWD-Central Visayas main building is located at corner MJ Cuenco and General Maxilom Avenues in Barangay Carreta, Cebu City.
The DSWD-Central Visayas will have to temporarily suspend its office work starting on Thursday, July 9, and its person-to-person transactions like the Assistance in Individual in Crisis Situations (AICS), which is located in a separate compound just across the main building, and the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II located in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City.
For the meantime, DSWD-Central Visayas staff will have a work from home set-up on Thursday and Friday.
“When the community quarantine was enforced, the office implemented health safety protocols like physical distancing, wearing of facemask, regular handwashing and weekly office disinfection,” said DSWD Regional Director Rebecca Geamala.
“Even though the department is busy in the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), we also need to consider the health aspect of our workers who are considered frontliners of the government so this disinfection will allow our office environment to breathe and rest for four days including weekends,” added Geamala.
At present, the DSWD Field Office VII has recorded 18 coronavirus-positive personnel, of which 11 have already recovered. The remaining seven active cases are already in isolation.
The DSWD is currently monitoring their condition and has provided necessary
assistance depending on their needs. It may be in the form of food assistance, psychosocial interventions and financial support, if necessary.
Geamala assured that the regional office will remain committed to their jobs of delivering unhampered service, including the distribution of the second tranche of the emergency cash subsidy under SAP, despite the threat of Covid-19.
“While the office will have its disinfection, some of our staff will continue to distribute this week the emergency cash subsidy for those low-income families who are included in the ‘left-out’ list,” said Geamala. (PR)