Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno has decided to go on self-quarantine after being in contact with a person positive of COVID-19 during a meeting with other government officials that included Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III.
Diokno attended the NLEX meeting that was also participated in by Dominguez and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.
In a statement, Diokno assured everyone that he is healthy and not manifesting any symptoms.
“The BSP has also decided to suspend work at our head office and Security Plant Complex to facilitate thorough preventive sanitation of our premises. We have ensured, however, that vital BSP services needed by the financial system continue. Hence, open market operations, PhilPass settlement, as well as the servicing of bank withdrawals are being performed business as usual.”
Monetary Board members, in the meantime, have also confirmed that all their meetings will be held at the BSP’s Security Plant Complex (SPC) in Quezon City starting tomorrow, March 13, while the BSP is on lockdown.
So far, none of the six Monetary Board members are under self-quarantine, other than Diokno.