BDO confirmed in a statement Tuesday, March 17, that one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
"The employee did self-quarantine on March 10. However, the bank was informed of the confirmation on March 16," BDO said, adding the employee works in one of its operational offices in San Juan City, Metro Manila.
It assured though that the affected office area, as well as the common spaces such as elevators and toilets, are being deep cleaned and disinfected.
"We have also advised all our employees to be cautious about their wellness and hygiene to boost their immune system," it said.
BDO also said that all employees within the contact trace of the affected individual are now under self-quarantine.
"During this challenging time, BDO will be providing said employee with every support and guidance," the bank assured.
It said it is also closely coordinating with the Department of Health in taking the necessary actions.
"BDO is likewise performing detailed contact tracing with all employees and other parties that the infected employee may have come into contact with," it said.
"BDO will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure that the well-being of employees, customers and suppliers is protected," it added.
The bank also announced that starting Tuesday, March 17, until further notice, select BDO branches in Metro Manila and Luzon will be open with shortened banking hours.
Visayas and Mindanao branches, meanwhile, will continue with regular banking hours.
"Social distancing will be applied in all our branches to keep everyone safe," it said.
"Both your safety and your urgent banking needs are our priority. Our ATMs, cash deposit machines, and online banking services will be available, while select branches will have shortened banking hours. Please be guided by our bank operations in light of the Enhanced Community Quarantine on Metro Manila," BDO said. (LMY/PR)