In compliance with the Bacolod City government official order for a thorough disinfection, the management of Transcom confirms today, February 2, that its site will be temporarily closed for 48 hours.
In a statement sent to Negros News Online, the company said that it is also strengthening its existing health protocol. It said: “To further support the city authorities in the next coming days, all Transcom Bacolod onsite personnel are mandatorily required to undergo antigen testing every seven days instead of the usual 14-day interval.”
The company has also developed its own QR Code-enabled process to enforce this policy.
To ensure safety among employees, Transcom has invested in initiatives to prevent the spread of infection especially within its sites, the company stressed.
It added: “Common areas and workstations in the production floors were reconfigured to comply with the required one meter safe distance and transportation assistance is given to employees through a point-to-point shuttle service system that follows social distancing guidelines.”
Transcom has also transitioned 75% of its operations to work at home since the start of the 2nd quarter in 2020 and has spent more than USD 7M in 2020 for business continuity initiatives that focused on ensuring the safety of its employees.
Furthermore, Antigen testing is conducted to all its onsite employees, including 3rd party personnel, every 14 days.
The management also reiterated that the safety of their employees, their families and the larger community has always been a key priority in its fight against COVID-19 and it is committed to continue in taking appropriate actions in unison with the local government.
Transcom’s site in Bacolod City recently participated in a COVID-19 surveillance test conducted by the city government after 14 employees tested positive for COVID-19 using the company’s mandatory antigen testing and subsequent RT-PCR testing from January 23 to 28, 2021.
The Bacolod City government’s surveillance RT-PCR test which was conducted to 598 employees on January 29 and 30, generated 27 more positive cases closing the total number of cases at 41 or 6.45% of all personnel who were tested from January 23 to 30.