STATEMENT OF THE DILG ON THE DETERMINATION OF THIS DEPARTMENT TO FIGHT THE WAR AGAINST COVID-19
Usec. Jonathan E. Malaya
The entire Department of the Interior and Local Government, including all uniformed personnel and Local Government Units nationwide, joins the nation in praying for the speedy recovery of Secretary Eduardo M. Año who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.
Secretary Año has been on home quarantine since March 26, is currently doing fine, and manifests no symptoms of the disease. In other words, he is well and will continue to direct the operations of the Department from his home. As he clearly stated in his public disclosure yesterday, “The result of my test will not in any way dampen my spirit and energy to do my job.”
Therefore, we wish to assure the public that the Secretary is fully in charge and that the operations of the entire Department including the interior sector -- the PNP, BFP and the BJMP -- will not in any way be affected by this development. The Secretary has constant access to the President, the senior officials of the Department and is in constant communication with the IATF-MEID, NTF-COVID-19, DILG Emergency Operations Center, JTF COVID Shield and the PNP Command Center. The Secretary will harness the newest technology to communicate, give instructions, and will get the job done.
Senior officials of the Department who were in close contact with the Secretary, including myself, are now in self-quarantine and will observe symptoms in accordance with DOH protocols.
As the country enters the 3rd week of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, the Secretary urges the entire Department to double its efforts in fighting COVID-19. As frontliners in this war, the public depends on us to be relentless in this battle to ensure their safety and well-being. As we gear towards providing the largest direct financial assistance to poor families in the history of our country, the DILG will be there to support our partner agencies and monitor Local Government Units.
At this time of public health emergency, the DILG will not fail the public and with your support, we will be victorious in the end.