Recruitment Agency In Quezon City Charged Over Protocol Breach
QUEZON CITY – A Manila-based recruitment agency was being charged by the Quezon City government for allegedly breaching health protocols.
This followed after transporting an overseas Filipino worker with COVID-19 to the city without the authorities’ knowledge, based on a report from ABS-CBN News.
QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said that this was a “clear-cut case of negligence” on the part of the said recruitment agency.
“I think that this is grave negligence and the city didn’t hesitate to file charges,”
“This is really just to send the message that we will not tolerate this kind of behavior in our city.”
The said worker, who was tested positive for the UK COVID-19 variant, was taken to an apartment in Barangay Commonwealth without informing city authorities.
350 people have been tracked down as possible contacts of the said patient, where 200 underwent swab testing.
Among those were two who were found to have contracted the virus. The results of genome sequencing to determine if they have the UK COVID-19 variant or not are yet to be released.
“Can you imagine that much resources being spent on one person just because protocols were not followed?”
Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act states that non-cooperation of the person or entities identified as having the notifiable disease or affected by the health event of public concern is punishable.
Violators could face fines of up to P50,000 or a jail term of not more than 6 months or both, based on the report.
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