CADIZ City Mayor Salvador Escalante issued a memorandum order on Monday, October 19, setting health guidelines for both local and national government employees in the city as part of ongoing efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Based on the copy of the order he issued to members of the local media, Escalante pointed out in consonance with Presidential Proclamation 922, declaring a state of public health emergency throughout the Philippines and Presidential Proclamation 929, section (3), which states that "all government agencies and LGUs are enjoined to render full assistance to and cooperation with each other and mobilize the necessary resources to undertake critical, urgent, and appropriate disaster response aid and measures in a timely manner to curtail and eliminate the threat of Covid-19."
Escalante stated that all government employees, elected/appointed officials, barangay officials and employees, and national employees deployed in Cadiz City are advised to seek immediate medical attention should they experience any common, less common, and serious symptoms of Covid-19.
Among the most common symptoms noted are fever, dry cough, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, and difficulty in breathing.
Government employees were also advised to call their local doctor or health facility first before visiting them.
He noted that on average, it takes five to six days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, but it can take up to 14 days.
Employees were also directed to inform your immediate supervisor and your head of office of their health condition.
"Further, you are hereby requested to refrain from going to work and going outside of your residence unless it is an emergency or necessary transaction," Escalante said in his order.
For employees who are co-living with someone who is/are undergoing home quarantine (LSI, ROF or close contacts) they have also been directed to refrain from reporting to work.
Escalante also assured the government employees in his city that their salaries will not be deducted as their absence are protected under the Civil Service Code provision, CSC M.C. 5, s. 2020 and the Bayanihan Act.
He added that any government employee who does not comply with the memo will be dealt with accordingly.
As of October 18, Cadiz City has a total of 182 confirmed cases, with 37 tagged as active, and 139 recoveries.
Covid-19 deaths in the city stands at three, while 421 are tagged as persons under monitoring.