The regional office of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM-Caraga) heightened up its health and safety standards in its bid to reduce Covid-19 infection in the workplace.

The agency’s Regional Director, Mr. Alexander A. Makinano, issued Memorandum No. 2020-212 and Memorandum No. 2020-105 dated October 21, 2020 and August 5, 2020, respectively. The said memoranda aim to ensure that the agency’s health and safety guidelines are strictly observed by the public and staff reporting physically to work.

The continuous surge of Covid-19 cases nationwide calls for the urgency of strengthened health and safety protocols in the agency. The latest data from the Department of Health shows that there are about 819,164 active Covid-19 cases recorded nationwide. Out of which, 8,859 active cases were tallied in Caraga Region.

Specifically, the two memoranda enjoins the public and its staff to strictly implement:

  • Wearing of face mask at all times;
  • Handwashing, checking temperature, spraying alcohol to both hands and stomping on disinfectant foot baths before entering the workplace;
  • Accomplishing truthfully the daily health symptoms questionnaire and submit on the designated area.

The staff are urged to:

  • Minimize contact rate through maximizing virtual meetings via Zoom;
  • Practice physical distancing by maintaining distance at least one meter from others, and;
  • Limit face-to-face communication with colleagues and maximize virtual meetings.

Human Resource Management Officer, Ms. Katherine Tacubao, and Administrative Officer V, Mr. Florencio C. Mirafuentes were instructed by RD Makinano to regularly monitor and evaluate compliance of these guidelines.

The issuance of the said memoranda was seen as tailor-fit response and initiative of the agency, following the circularization of Memorandum No. 2020-259 and Memorandum No. 2020-259-B of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Central Office mandating similar health protocols.

With these strengthened health protocols, RD Makinano remains optimistic that the agency will contribute to the national government’s fight against Covid-19.