‘Pala-Pala’ still on lock down; workers quarantined on site

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The head of the Capitol’s security unit said the Negros First Food Terminal remains on lock down.

Renelo Lastierre, of the provincial government’s security office, also told reporters that agency-paid guards, a watchman of the Capitol and 10 job order casuals have been placed under quarantine on site.

The NFFT was off limits to the public since Monday following the death of a J.O. personnel due to the coronavirus disease 2019.

His family is also placed under strict monitoring and is getting support from the provincial government.

The results of the swab tests of 20 persons who remain at the NFFT premises are expected for release today.

Lastierre explained that since they had contact with the infected they thought it best that they stay in the area instead of transferring to a quarantine facility.

The nine guards are agency hired, and they are not monthly-paid like the Capitol employees. Meaning, they won’t get paid if they will be absent from work, the chief security said.

Instead, he continued, and we just supply them with provisions.

If we allow them to go home to their families, they will be a threat to the health of their loved ones especially if their results turn out positive, he added.

Barangay 6 personnel are conducting contact tracing of village residents who had also visited the NFFT, he said, adding that the Capitol already provided  the data that they had reuested.

We hope that the results will come out soon so that the NFFT operations can return to normal as fish vendors and employees are already affected by the lock down.– ETL