BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
Sugar Regulatory Administration Board Member Emilio Yulo III, who is representing the sugar planters’ sector, is calling on the management to be transparent on the coronavirus disease cases of its employees.
He made the statement after SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica issued a memorandum last week that barred SRA officers and employees from disclosing Covid-19 cases in their agency to the media.
Yulo said it is their duty to inform the general public, just like what other government offices are doing, so the stakeholders, who may be exposed to a positive patient, can take necessary precautions.
He said SRA employees are involved in all segments of the milling season. “We owe it to the stakeholders to be transparent,” he added.
He also said that SRA employees are putting their lives on the line, adding that the management should have a protocol that these workers should be tested.
He added that it is the employees who had themselves tested for the virus at their own expense.
It was reported that three employees of SRA in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental had been hit by Covid-19.
Yulo said that nine employees from its La Carlota City office have gone on isolation after having direct contact with the third Covid-hit employee. He added that their swabs were taken on Saturday.
Moreover, 21 other employees from the La Carlota office have also gone on quarantine as a precautionary measure.
Serafica earlier said that SRA had been doing its very best to handle responsibly any Covid-19 cases and that any other information must be withheld due to confidentiality, and to protect those concerned from being discriminated against.
He also assured the public that SRA is after the safety and protection of all its employees and personnel.*