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No need for NAIA lockdown – GM Monreal says

Philippine Airlines aircraft taxis at the runway upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. REUTERS.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal sees no need to place the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pascay City under total lock-down.

Hindi kailangang i-lockdown ang ating paliparan dahil unang-una ito ay isang importanteng ahensya o opisina na tumutugon sa mga pangangailangan ng ating paliparan sa bansa,” Monreal explained on Monday, July 13, during the Laging Handa press briefing.

Monreal said that at least 32 NAIA personnel tested positive for the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), and 10 have already recovered.

Iyong natitira ay kasalukuyang naka-quarantine at binabantayan at inaasikaso ng ating pamunuan. Katulong natin diyan ang mga barangay dahil iyon ang panuntunan na sila ang katulong natin sa pag-aaruga sa kanilang kalusugan,” the MIAA official said.

In accordance with the protocols set by the Department of Health, Monreal said that an office will be closed for three days if an employee tests positive for the respiratory illness.

He said that the office will undergo disinfection during the closure.

Once na naipatupad ang double disinfection, iyong person na nagpositibo ay magkakaroon ng pagka-quarantine kasama na ang contact tracing,” the MIAA official said.

Monreal said that people should wear a face mask and have their temperature checked before entering the airport.

Mayroon din tayong mga acrylic barriers na nakalagay sa mga check-in counters, help desk, government counters, transport counters sa mga terminal po gayundin sa administrative office building natin,” he said.

Monreal said that social distancing markers, and hand-washing stations have also been placed at various parts of NAIA.

Mayroon tayong mga markers sa floor ng ating building na kailangan sundan ng lahat ng empleyado, pasahero; sa pagpasok sa mga elevators, mayroon din tayong mga maximum allowed bawat isang sakay,” Monreal said.

Tuloy-tuloy din ang aming pag-disinfect ng ating paliparan lalo na kung mayroong may concern tungkol sa let’s say mayroong PUI or some ganoong sitwasyon,” he added.

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