Chief Justice Diodado Peralta said on Thursday (May 21) that all personnel of the judiciary will undergo testing for the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The health and safety not only of all Court employees and their respective families, as well as the public, are among our top priorities,” he said in a statement.
“We need to do everything that we can to protect them and keep them safe and healthy especially those who are compelled to physically report to the office to accomplish tasks which cannot be done at home,” added Peralta who reminded that the world is currently in “difficult and most trying times.”
Peralta said all employees will be subjected to rapid testing once the Supreme Court (SC) goes to a full operation.
Prior that, he said the SC will start conducting its rapid test among those who are required to report during the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) period.
Peralta said the SC intends to utilize present and modern technology and employ all possible and available means to fight COVID-19.
He noted that the SC purchased two multi-function disinfection chambers and each of which has a non-contact infrared temperature scanner, an automatic hand sanitizer dispenser, and an ultrasonic atomization system.”
Also, prior to the lockdown early on in March, the SC has distributed face masks to its employees; gave every office with ample supply of 70 percent solution rubbing alcohol for use of the employees and visitor to disinfect their hands; and placed hand sanitizer dispenser outside of every office and near the elevators.