The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) announced that the Malacañang approved its 10-workday lockdown request starting on April 13, Tuesday, after 63 persons tested positive in the latest round of COVID-19 testing.

/ 13 April 2021

The administrative offices at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and the Philsports Complex in Pasig City will be both under confinement to give way to thorough disinfection and cleansing of facilities.

PSC Executive Director Guillermo Iroy Jr. has been meeting the PSC management committee during the holiday and weekends to make sure that the agency’s health safety protocols are strictly implemented and observed.

Iroy further stated that they have double-checked the observance of all safety precautions being implemented in the place and shall have more stringent measures and sanctions for those discovered not following these rules.

“It is for their and everyone’s safety,” he said. “We all have a family to protect.”

Meanwhile, the PSC’s office operation will shift to a work-from-home scheme during the lockdown to guarantee that delivery of service remains unhampered.

“We hope to break the transmission during those days, to arrest the spread of COVID-19 among our employees,” said PSC Chief of Staff Marc Velasco.

Velasco also ensured that the heads of offices have already been given instructions on the work-from-home arrangements and expectations.

“We are still waiting for some test results and we are hoping that we do not add any more positives,” he added, explaining that he received 41 positive results when the request for a lockdown was submitted to the Office of the President last Friday.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea approved the request pursuant to Memorandum Circular 85 issued March 19, requiring government agencies to seek approval from the Office of the President before any lockdown is effected.