The Supreme Court has partnered with the Philippine National Red Cross (PRC) and the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS- CSB) on the use and availment of the temporary isolation and quarantine facility located at the DLS-CSB for the employees of the Judiciary working in the ‘National Capital Region (NCR) Plus’ bubble who are infected with COVID-19.
Aside from the NCR, the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal are included in the ‘NCR Plus’ bubble.
Pursuant to this partnership, Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo issued Guidelines on the use and availment of the PRC isolation and quarantine facility at DLS-CSB last April 30. The Guidelines are effective immediately.
The PRC will manage the facility and implement stringent guidelines and regulations which will be provided upon admission, for the protection and well-being of admitted patients and staff. The SC will follow and comply with these regulations.
One floor of the isolation and quarantine facility, which can accommodate 50 employees, is allocated exclusive to the employees of the Judiciary working in the ‘NCR Plus’ bubble.
The facility will only accept patients from the Judiciary if they are referred by the SC Medical and Dental Services (SC-MDS) as confirmed COVID-19 positive who are asymptomatic or mild
asymptomatic and they are indorsed or certified as employees of the Judiciary working in the ‘NCR Plus’ bubble by the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA).
The availment and use of the facility shall be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis due to the limited capacity in the capacity. No walk- ins shall be allowed. Likewise, no visitors shall be allowed to enter the PRC isolation facility. All concerns shall be coursed through the OCA and the SC-MDS.
The SC-MDS shall prepare and submit to the OCA a daily status report on the employees who are admitted in the PRC isolation facility, and the OCA shall endorse the same to the Office of the Chief Justice. Meanwhile, the Court is continuously looking for other measures on how it can further help the employees of the Judiciary who may have contracted the COVID-19 virus and are beset with the problem of being admitted to the hospital. The Court is aware that most hospitals in Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces are reaching full COVID-19 capacity and are unable to admit any more COVID-19 positive patients.