ABOUT 356 Angeles City Government employees underwent free antigen testing on January 17, 2022.

Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said this is to ensure the safety of the employees by early detection of the virus.

“Sa kasalukuyan po, ang working arrangement pa rin natin sa city hall ay skeletal workforce, seven-day work week schedule pa rin po. Ipinapatupad po natin ito bilang pag-iingat sa ating mga empleyado,” Lazatin said.

The free antigen testing conducted by the City Government is in partnership with Monsour Del Rosario.

Lazatin said that employees who have been tested positive were assessed by health workers from Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) led by Dr. Froilan Canlas, after the staff of the Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office led by Rodolfo Simeon transferred them to RLMMC.

City Health Officer Dr. Verona Guevarra said they will be allowed for self-isolation once assessed by the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams, since the City Government is now adopting the guidelines of the Department of Health for home isolation and quarantine of fully vaccinated individuals.

Guevarra also said that most patients who are allowed self-isolation are those who have mild symptoms.

Lazatin’s Chief Adviser IC Calaguas, for her part, said that if a patient has no capability for self-isolation, lacking adequate facilities, he or she will be taken to the designated quarantine centers of the City Government.

The city on January 4, 2022 launched its telemedicine hotline that Angeleños can access for free 24/7 via phone calls and Messenger. It was intended for medical concerns of Covid-19 patients that are currently at home isolation or quarantine.

The hotline are as follows: 0915 927 0554; 0915 927 0549; 0915 927 0510; 0915 927 0512; 0969 061 9531; 0969 061 9532; 0969 061 9578; and 0969 061 9535.

The prescribed medicines for them will be then delivered via house-to-house.

Lazatin extended his gratitude to Del Rosario for his initiative to assist the City Government in this time of the pandemic.

He also reminded Angeleños to be vigilant and to follow the minimum health protocols.