DOLE Head Office Suspends Work Operation on January 14, 17

DOLE Head Office Intramuros, NCR Regional Office Temporarily Closed

DOLE – The Department of Labor and Employment decided to suspend its work operation on January 14 and 17 amid the COVID-19 cases rise.

The whole Metro Manila is under Alert Level 3 until tomorrow, January 15, 2022 depending on the assessment of the Philippines’ COVID-19 task force. The said measure was implemented following the increase in the coronavirus counts in several cities in the capital region.

Previously, Malacañang and the Department of Health (DOH) said that escalating the curb to Alert Level 4 is possible if the cases would continue to climb. Several cities outside Metro Manila also logged an increase in their daily cases following the holiday season.

Several government agencies are temporarily suspending their work operations as many of their employees contracted COVID-19. One of these is the Department of Labor and Employment.

DOLE Head Office

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the DOLE head office in Intramuros and its NCR regional office will suspend work on Friday, January 14, and Monday, January 17, 2022.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the COVID-19 surge is the reason behind the suspension of work in DOLE head office in Intramuros and the NCR regional office. As of January 13, 128 out of around 600 employees of the government agency tested positive for COVID-19.

The operations at the head office and the NCR regional office will resume on Tuesday, January 18. Bello ordered the labor offices and the attached agencies in areas with increasing cases of COVID-19 to adopt alternative work schemes.

Currently, the government is pushing for public vaccination not only amid the increasing COVID-19 cases in the country but also amid the possible spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The authorities continue to urge the public to maintain proper public health protocols to fight the spread of the virus.

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