CLARK FREEPORT -- The management of Yokohama Tire Philippines, Incorporated (YTPI), a locator in this Freeport, has instituted measures to protect its 2,200 employees from Covid-19.
This after a contractual employee assigned at the firm's janitorial unit tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The YTPI management stated that it "proactively complies with the Department of Health Region III (DOH-Central Luzon) and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) precautionary measures to safeguard employees' and public's health and safety amid the Covid-19 pandemic."
The firm disclosed that the patient has already been released from the hospital and transferred to a government facility in Pampanga for quarantine.
As a response, the YTPI management said its medical team and a Covid-19 response group had implemented health protocols including disinfection, contact tracing, testing and reassessment to ensure workplace safety.
"Protocols are in place such as physical distancing, frequent hand washing and sanitizing and intensified disinfecting activities while we continue business operations," the tire production company said.
The firm also assured that the health and safety of its employees, customers and stakeholders remained to be on top priority.
"With our continued coordination and compliance to the DOH's Covid-19 mandate and all other government authorities involved, we would like to assure the public that we commit to staying on top of the situation and provide the best efforts to keep everyone safe," the YTPI management stated.
Juanito "Nitoy" C. Arona, YTPI's vice president for operations, told SunStar Pampanga that the 100 personnel of the utility agency where the Covid-19 positive patient underwent swab testing were taken to the New Clark City for quarantine.
The manpower agency was stopped rendering service to the company as of July 4, according to Arona.
"Lahat ng personnel ng utility agency na naka-assign sa YTPI dinala po ng CDC sa New Clark City awaiting result of testing as of this time. Stop work na rin sa aming yung agency since July 4," the YTPI official said.
Around 500 employees had stopped reporting for work due to the incident, Arona said.
"Meron kaming around 2,200 employees, of that around 500 plus ay hindi pumapasok dahil natatakot daw sila sa Covid," he said.