LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment said Bello, who is fully vaccinated, is asymptomatic and remains on top of his health.
The DOLE said Bello is on self-quarantine at his hometown Ilagan, where he was tested last Saturday. Even while in isolation, he continues to discharge his functions.
Prior to contracting the virus, the labor chief has 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 DOLE also said Bello 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.
“He also reminds the public to always observe the minimum health protocols to help contain the COVID pandemic,” the DOLE added.