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All employees of the provincial government have been required to strictly follow the minimum health standards in the workplace, under Executive Order No. 72 signed by Governor Jose Alvarez.

The order was issued following the emergence of local and community transmission cases in the city last week. Gov. Alvarez issued the EO following an advisory from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) which set rules for the minimum health standards.

Under the advisory, all entry points shall have footbath mats, non-contact forehead thermometer, and hand disinfectant.

All guests must write pertinent information in the logbook provided. Their information must include details such as name, age, address, contact number, office to be visited, and purpose of the visit.

“Before entry to the capitol premises, each person shall step to the foot bath for 30 seconds, get the temperature and hand spray with disinfectant,” advisory stated.

The office should also practice physical distancing of more than four feet between each employee.

They are also allowed to implement flexible working arrangements.

“For example, 50 percent of employees can work from 8 a.m. and 12 noon while the other half can work from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,” the advisory said.

Senior citizens, pregnant women, persons with disabilities, and those with co-morbidities may be allowed to work for only three days a week in the office and two days for work-at-home.

For transactions, each office must set up a table and barrier at the main office door. Persons with transactions and visitors must conduct their business in the shielded area.

PHO also said that food vendors must be given a specific area in the Capitol, where they can sell without going inside their building.

Those who need to transact with the Incident Management Team (IMT) of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) shall coordinate with the hotline before entering the hall.

To the employees who may have exposure to persons confirmed by rapid test to have COVID-19 must immediately notify the PHO.

“If they are validated to be close contact, they will be subjected to testing and be advised by PHO on their course of action,” it said.

The PHO will also notify the human resource office in case of need for quarantine or isolation,” advisory added.

Palawan Rescue 165 employees such as IMT at the airport or pier, decontamination team, ambulance drivers, extraction team, and others must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when one duty.

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