• Melo Acuna

New Executive Building on lockdown until July 26

MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque today said the New Executive Building has been declared shut because an unidentified staff tested positive for COVICD-19.

At today’s midday briefing, Secretary Roque said the immediately established a makeshift press briefing room outside the Presidential Palace complex along J. P. Laurel in Barangay San Miguel.

In a separate statement, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said in compliance with health protocols and precautions prescribed by the national government and the health authorities they suspended work until Sunday, July 26 to give way to proper disinfection of the workplace and intensified contact tracing among PCOO frontline personnel to ensure everyone’s safety.

“This is being done as we have confirmed that one of our personnel tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is currently under quarantine. PCOO has already been in touch with the patient and the patient’s family for any assistance and support that we can provide. We continue to pray for the speedy recovery of our personnel,” Andanar said in a statement.

The identified primary and secondary contacts of the patient will be subjected to testing.

Both Secretaries Roque and Andanar said their respective offices will continue to serve the information requirements of the Office of the President and its machinery in the Executive Department. Melo M. Acuña)

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (left) and PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar confirmed the lockdown on the New Executive Building effected late Tuesday morning. (PCOO Photos)

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