BUTUAN CITY – Two national government offices based here are on lockdown starting Tuesday for contact tracing and disinfection purposes.

In an advisory, the Department of the Interior and Local Government in the area (DILG-13) said the lockdown will run until June 6 this year, although it did not elaborate further on the other reasons behind the move.

It also advised clients to contact the office for inquiries through the telephone and cellphone numbers indicated in the advisory. Other inquiries can also be facilitated through the official email account of the office,  DILG-13 said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coconut Authority in Caraga (PCA-13) will also implement a lockdown after several infections among its employees.

“Twelve of our staff turned positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19),” PCA-13 Regional Manager Joel B. Oclarit told the Philippine News Agency Tuesday.

Six more personnel, including himself, are still waiting for the results of their Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, Oclarit said.

The PCA-13 office will also undergo disinfection during the lockdown duration.

“I asked our head office for a lockdown until June 14, given that most of our personnel are now on isolation and quarantine that will last for 14 days. I am waiting for the response to my proposal,” Oclarit said.

He added that most of the infected personnel are classified as asymptomatic while some are having mild symptoms.

“I ask our clients, especially the coconut farmers to contact our office through the phone numbers we provided in our advisory. We will continue to provide the services you need online,” Oclarit said. (PNA)