MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, one of the top implementers of the Philippines' campaign to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, tested positive for its disease COVID-19.
"Today, March 31, I received the result from RITM informing me that I am positive for COVID-19," Año said in a statement on the same day.
He said he has not shown any symptoms of the virus, like coughing, fever, or difficulty in breathing.
Año is the vice chair of the government's National Task Force in charge of implementing measures to contain the virus, such as lockdowns, checkpoints, and curfews.
"I make this announcement to call the attention of all persons I had close contact with to go on self-quarantine and observe any symptoms, in accordance with Department of Health (DOH) guidelines," he said.
The DILG secretary said that he came into contact with at least 4 persons who tested positive for COVID-19. He said he will continue to do work at his home.
"The result of my test will not in any way dampen my spirit and energy to do my job," he added. – Rappler.com
Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.