Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday said he started undergoing self-quarantine after meeting with House appropriations committee chairperson Rep. Eric Yap, who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)
Año began his self-quarantine on Wednesday upon his consultation with the Department of Health (DOH).
“Wala akong physical (contact) sa kanya saka naka-mask naman ako all throughout (the meeting). (Still), mas maganda mag-self-quarantine at mag-work from home (I did not have any physical contact with him and I was wearing a mask all throughout the meeting. Still, it’s better to undergo self-quarantine and work from home),” he said in a phone interview with reporters.
Currently, Año said he is not experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms.
Despite being on quarantine, Año assured that the operation of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) would not be paralyzed.
“I have access to my people, I have access to the emergency operations centers ng [of] DILG,” Año said.
He said technology can also be used for the meetings of the officials through teleconference.
“But we will work now with higher intensity, (even if we are on) work from home,” he assured.
Año said that Yap should not have attended the meeting as he was considered a person under investigation (PUI).
Meanwhile, Año urged the public to avoid going out of their houses for unnecessary purposes.
He also said local government units (LGUs) in Visayas and Mindanao have the freedom to declare an enhanced community quarantine. PNA.GOV.PH