Senate requires medical certificate from resource persons, visitors – Manila Bulletin
As of October 1, resource persons and visitors to the Senate would be required to present a medical certificate proving that they are free from COVID-19 before being allowed to enter the premises of the chamber.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III announced during their session on Wednesday evening that all visitors must present a medical certificate one day before their scheduled visit.
“All visitors, resource persons, who will physically attend the hearings in the Senate will have to present a medical certificate or an authorization indicating that they are COVID.[-19] free… 24 hours in advance before coming, ”Sotto told his colleagues.
He said the requirement was a recommendation from the Senate Medical Office regarding a recently issued order from Pasay City. Wearing face masks and face shields will also be mandatory, he added.
Medical certificates are submitted to the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
“Again, this is an order from Pasay City and it comes highly recommended by the medical office, especially with upcoming budget hearings and budget debates,” Sotto said.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri applauded the announcement and said a negative RT-PCR result “will be the best” proof that visitors are not infected with the novel coronavirus . Zubiri has already contracted COVID-19.
“It’s up to their doctor to decide, it is usually their doctor who requires it before the doctor issues a medical certificate attesting that a person is free from COVID,” Sotto said.
Sotto ordered the Senate secretariat to publish the memorandum on this new policy.
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