Clark locators told to observe safety protocols

CLARK FREEPORT – The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is urging locators inside this Freeport to continue implementing and monitoring safety protocols to ensure a healthy and safe workplace.

CDC president and CEO Noel F. Manankil reiterated through a memorandum circular issued on July 23, 2020 that locators should follow strict protocols in the management of COVID-19 cases in the workplace.

The memo circular complements the minimum guidelines issued by DOH and DOLE.

At the very instance that an employee shows the following COVID-19 symptoms: fever of 37.5 Celsius and up; cough and colds; sore throat; and influenza-like illness, he or she shall immediately proceed to the designated isolation area and never remove his/her mask, according to Manankil.

The locator shall then immediately report to the CDC Health and Sanitation Division-Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (ESU) Clark team by calling 0933-546-2298(045) 599-3854, or sending an email at esuclark@gmail.com.

The employee with suspected COVID-19 shall immediately undergo RT-PCR testing and management by the locator’s partner hospital. In the event that the suspected employee’s RT-PCR test yields a positive result for COVID-19, co-employees present in the work area shall undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing and quarantine, Manankil said.

Meanwhile, the locator shall suspend operations of the affected area for decontamination with appropriate disinfectant (e.g. chlorine bleaching solution and 1:100 phenol-based disinfectants).

Work may only resume 24 hours after decontamination of the work area.

According to Manankil, a locator found violating any of the above prescribed protocols shall be penalized with immediate full closure of operations.