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Emi Calixto-Rubiano requires COVID-19 testing for POGOs

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Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano asked POGO operators to have their employees tested for COVID-19 to secure a permit from the City Health Office.

Calixto-Rubiano said the COVID-19 testing for employees is in compliance with Republic Act 11332, also known the “Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases,” and two administrative orders from the Department of Health, namely Administrative Order No. 2020-0014 and Administrative Order No. 2020-0180.

Under RA 11332, the local government unit is instructed to conduct mandatory COVID-19 tests within their jurisdiction and to “partner with the private sector and other stakeholders to deliver these measures and programs quickly and efficiently.”

The two DOH administrative orders, meanwhile, are sets of guidelines on how to conduct COVID-19 tests in DOH accredited facilities.

Calixto-Rubiano said employers may test workers for COVID-19. Testing kits used and procured shall be the responsibility of the employers.

The City Health Office, in turn, will appraise the application and will submit its recommendation to the Office of the City Mayor.