DENR 6 Regional Executive Director, Livino B. Duran, released a memorandum on the temporary office closure for disinfection due to alarming number of personnel infected with COVID-19 and the rising number of identified primary contacts. The closure started on July27th until the 30th.

Scheduled meetings, orientations and conferences are done virtually. DENR 6 websiteis also open for online queries and transactions to the public in order not to hamper the operations.

DENR 6 personnel are instructed to observe work from home setup and shall accomplish their corresponding work targets as scheduled.

DENR 6 management immediately conducted a contact tracing to those who were in direct contact with the suspected positive personnel in the office. Swab test results were revealedthat there are quite a large number of personnel who were positive with COVID-19 virus. As a matter of protocol, those who were in close contact with the positive employees must undergo a mandatory swab testing and a 14-day quarantine to ensure the safety of other employees and their immediate families.

In order to contain the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the following offices are closed for the disinfection; Dir. Julian Amador Building III and Dir. Teodoro Simpas Building are closed on July 27-30, 2021; Dir. Manuel Lagunilla Building is closed on July 27, 2021; and Building I and II are closed on July 28-30, 2021.

The number may be quite alarming but the Office of the Regional Executive Director makes sure to integrate all possible means in observing safety measures to contain the spread of the virus in the DENR 6 regional office and in the two other buildings - the Teodoro S. Simpas building which houses the Surveys and Mapping Division in Brgy. Sto. Rosario and the Manuel L. Lagunilla building in Parola Street which houses the Hostel, and the offices of National Greening Program (NGP) and Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC).

“We are also monitoring the number of personnel already vaccinated and encourage employees to register with their respective local government units for vaccination,” said RED Duran as DENR 6 works to achieve herd immunity.

Furthermore, effective health communication for the adoption of sustainable preventive measures and curtailing misinformation is also being implemented to ensure that everyone has the correct knowledge about the pandemic. DENR Regional office operation will resume on Monday, August 2, 2021.