Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Tuesday.
In a statement, the DOLE said Bello was “asymptomatic and remains on top of his health.”
“Secretary Bello, who is fully vaccinated, is on self-quarantine at his hometown Ilagan where the test was made on Saturday,” read the statement.
“Even while in isolation, the Secretary continues to discharge his functions.”
The Labor Department noted that before contracting the virus, Bello had been receiving officials and guests at his office and traveled to various parts of the country distributing assistance to displaced and disadvantaged formal and informal sector workers affected by the pandemic.
“The Secretary wishes to thank the public for their prayers and expresses hopes to resume leading DOLE officials in the distribution of assistance funds under its Serbisyong TUPAD as soon as his quarantine period is over,” the DOLE said.
“He also reminds the public to always observe the minimum health protocols to help contain the Covid pandemic.” — DVM, GMA News