MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Riyadh will temporarily suspend its operations effective Sunday, June 14, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced.
In a statement on Thursday, DOLE said the suspension of POLO-Riyadh operation will be implemented after six of its staff tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“The objective of the temporary suspension is to prevent the escalation of infection among POLO staff and its clients and to allow the conduct of a thorough disinfection of the office premises,” Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa was quoted as saying in the statement.
Mustafa said all 37 POLO personnel already underwent COVID-19 testing.
He also assured that POLO officers and staff will still respond to calls, offer consulting services to clients and provide counselling on a 24/7 basis to distressed overseas Filipino workers as they will be on work-from-home arrangement starting Sunday.
DOLE said it will release an advisory for the guidance of the transacting public.
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