No work stoppage at Yokohama, says Garbo

MABALACAT CITY — Mayor Crisostomo Garbo said work at the Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. (YTPI) may now proceed after the firm and officials of the Clark Development Corporation Health and Safety Division ensure safety measures and health protocols are in place.

“It is important for these workers that their work continues, not only to help the economy, but their families also. YTPI appears to be compliant with protocols and requirements of government,” Garbo said.

Garbo made the clarification following reports that he was pushing for work stoppage at the YTPI after a janitor, who works on a contractual basis at the company, has contracted COVID-19. 

Garbo said he found the safety measures being implemented at the YTPI in accordance with the guidelines on workplace safety set by the Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Aside from disinfecting the building, YTPI has complied with orders of CDC to conduct RT-PCR testing on 100 employees that are assigned in the building where the janitor is deployed. Other utility personnel from the company of the janitor that work at YTPI were also tested for COVID and the results will be known on Friday. Employees who underwent swab testing are also quarantined while awaiting results.

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