BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Capitol, the seat of the provincial government here, will not be evacuated or placed on lockdown as a legislative staff was placed under observation for showing flu-like symptoms.
Lawyer and provincial administrator Reyfrando Diaz II told DNX there is no need to send home all the employees after a board member’s technical staff reported to provincial health chief Ernel Tumimbang this morning about flu-like symptoms.
Diaz said the employee was sent to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital for a swab test and was told to go under home quarantine for 14 days.
“There is no need to panic,” Diaz said but pointed out that in the face of heightened levels against the disease, it was a measure that had to be done.
Vice-Governor Jeffrey Ferrer confirmed to DNX he had ordered at least 28 technical assistants of board members to go home after he found out about the staff’s condition.
He did not give additional personal details about this person.
Ferrer added the employee was one of those who attended the Philippine Councilors League convention at the SMX convention center of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
The convention lasted for three days, 26 to 28 February with an estimated 12,000 local legislators attending.
The Capitol employee, however, went to Greenhills, San Juan City.
Ferrer sounded confident about the employee, saying this person had already been home for 14 days today.