MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan of Caloocan City has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement issued on Wednesday (August 25), Malapitan said he is in good condition and is currently under treatment.
“Ako ay nasa maayos na kalagayan at kasalukuyang nagpapagaling (I am in stable condition and currently recuperating),” he said, though he did not state whether he is at home or confined in a COVID facility.
Malapitan vowed to perform his duties as local chief executive while in isolation, especially in monitoring th e city’s COVID-19 response.
“Patuloy na gagampanan ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Caloocan ang kanyang tungkulin at mandato upang tugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan,” he said.
(The city government of Caloocan will continue to deliver its duties and mandate to address the needs of its constituents.)
“Umasa po kayo na ang inyong lingkod ay patuloy na nakaantabay sa mga nagaganap at pangyayari sa ating lungsod habang patuloy ang aking komunikasyon sa mga iba’t ibang sangay ng ating pamahalaan,” he added.
(Rest assured that I will continue to monitor events in the city while keeping the lines of communication with other government agencies open.)
The Mayor also called on all individuals who recently had close contacts with him to immediately go on self-quarantine and take a swab test at local health departments or barangay health centers.
“Hinihikayat ko ang aking mga close contact nitong mga nakaraang araw na kaagad magself-quarantine at sumailalim sa swab test. Mayroon tayong regular na libreng RT-PCR test para sa ating mga mamamayan,” he urged.
(I am asking those I had close contact with in the past few days, to immediately undergo self-quarantine and take a swab test. We have free RT-PCR test for our constituents.)
For those concerned, they may also call on the local government’s COVID hotline numbers 09668274519 or 09478834430.
“Umasa po tayo na malalampasan natin ang pandemyang nagdulot nang matinding kahirapan at sakripisyo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng ating pananampalataya at pagdasal sa Poong Maykapal,” Mayor Malapitan said.
(Let us hope to get past through this pandemic, that has imposed hardship and sacrifice on our country, by keeping our faith in God.)