Banks, DFA consular office closed for COVID-19

By September 20, 2021Business

FINANCIAL institutions were not spared by the scourge of the pandemic as three banks in Dagupan were reported to have temporarily closed as a few of their employees tested positive for COVID-19.

A report stated that the Philippine National Bank in front of the city hall has just reopened after a few days of closure to allow disinfection of its premises as some of its employees reportedly tested positive for COVID -19.

The Bank of the Philippine Islands branch on Arellano street is still closed up to this writing and is reportedly undergoing disinfection as some of its employees were infected with COVID-19.

Also, the LandBank of the Philippines was reported to have been briefly closed as some of the employees were also infected with COVID-19.

Dr. Ophelia Rivera, COVID-19 focal person in Dagupan, said any establishment that does not report COVID-19 cases within their respective jurisdictions will be liable for closure.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Office based at Robinson’s Mall in Calasiao also announced that it has closed temporarily as most of its personnel tested positive for COVID-19.

The DFA advised clients who availed of the services of the Consular Office from September 10 to 16 to follow quarantine protocols and immediately report to their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams if symptoms of the disease manifest.

In Dagupan, its worst affected barangay is Bonuan Gueset that already registered 161 active cases as of September 16, which is more than the number of active cases registered by bigger towns of Pangasinan like Bugallon (148), Bayambang (122), and Lingayen (111).

Residents of Bonuan Gueset asked the city government to implement granular lockdowns in their barangay so they can begin to contain the spread of the infections.

Dr. Rivera, however, said lockdowns are difficult since the city or barangays will need to provide daily food to households to ensure that they do not go out from their homes for food elsewhere. (Leonardo Micua) 

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