December 4, 2022

Vaccine-eligible but still unimmunized government and private employees working on-site including public utility vehicle drivers in the city are now required to undergo Covid-19 testing at least once every two weeks at their own expense.

The requirement for workers was directed in Executive Order 159 s. 2021 issued by Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Nov. 29 in compliance with the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) directive.

The testing requirement for public utility jeepney and taxi drivers is contained in Executive Order 160 s. 2021 prescribing the alert level 2 guidelines in the city.

Tests may either be RT-PCR or antigen and will be required until the time the employee receives his or her first vaccine dose.

However, the employee will also be required to undergo mandatory regular testing if he/she fails to avail of the second dose after prescribed period of interval of the vaccine brand.

Workers who are ineligible to receive the vaccines for health reasons must secure medical certificate from the City Health Services Office to be exempted from the bimonthly test requirement but will be required to undergo the test on a quarterly basis also with the assistance of the City Health Services Office.

The CHSO in collaboration with the Permits and Licensing Division, the Safety Seal Inspection Team and the Public Employment and Service Office are tasked to implement the provisions of the order.

Establishments and institutions that will fail to comply will be immediately reported to the departments of Labor and Employment, Interior and Local Government, Civil Service Commission or other departments directly supervising the offices concerned. – Aileen P. Refuerzo