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Makati OSG office on lockdown

Alvin Murcia

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The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in Makati City has been placed under lockdown after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

According to an advisory released, the OSG will remain closed “until further notice.”

During the lockdown, only personnel from the Facility Management System and the sanitation and disinfection team are allowed to have access to its premises.

It also advised the public that no documents will be received or released while the lockdown is in place.

The OSG said it is already conducting contact tracing and monitoring of its workers who had close contact with the COVID-positive employee.

On the other hand, the Sandiganbayan was forced to shut down its premises yesterday due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Quezon City and after two of its employees have been confirmed to be positive for the virus.

Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, in a memorandum, yesterday said the physical closure of Sandiganbayan is necessary to allow immediate and thorough disinfection of its entire building and to conduct contact tracing/monitoring of the health of the Court’s employees.

Tang said the Sandiganbayan en banc, during its emergency meeting on 12 July 2020, resolved to physically close its premises on Monday, 13 July 2020.

The presiding justice assured the court will continue to function as all justices, officials and employees will be working remotely under an alternative work arrangement.

“The public may contact the Court through its hotline and email addresses as published in the Sandiganbayan website,” read the memorandum.

The anti-graft court is located along Batasan Road in Quezon City.

To date, Quezon City has over 3,700 COVID-19 cases, the highest among the cities in Metro Manila.

Earlier, the Supreme Court, through the Office of the Court Administrator advised all courts nationwide to only issue a lockdown order only if its officer or personnel tested positive after a confirmatory test.

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