Isko on self-quarantine after meeting with MMDA head

Isko Moreno & Bernie Ang
File photo of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and secretary to the mayor Bernie Ang discussing plans relative to the COVID 19 situation in Manila. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MAYOR Isko Moreno had gone on self-quarantine once again after having attended a meeting with Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Jojo Garcia and a city department head who both have been found positive for the novel coronavirus disease 2019.

Moreno first underwent self-quarantine after arriving from an official trip from the United Kingdom earlier this month, after cases of COVID-19 were reported there. His latest quarantine entered its fifth day yesterday.

The mayor said his self-quarantine is just due diligence on his part, adding that he and city officials had also limited the number of their personal interaction and have been practicing maximum social distancing.

‘Following protocol, ako ay nagkusa na  mag-ingat para sa mga kasama, para sa aking sarili, sa aking pamilya at para sa inyo, para tuloy pa rin na mag-function properly ang lungsod. Nag-submit kami ng panibagong test at iintayin pa ang ilang araw para kumalma ang lahat at maiwasan ang kuro-kuro,’ said Moreno, who had been staying in his office in Manila City Hall for the past five days.

Moreno said their actions are now limited and that they are into video calling most of the time, but assured that he continuees giving directions for food assistance so that the city can continue to deliver especially for the less fortunate.

‘Ako po ay malusog. Maraming nagko-comment na magpahinga ako o mukhang pagod. Huwag po kayong mag-alala. Salamat po sa inyo. Kung baka tayo magkasakit o mahawa, ang tawag diyan ay occupational hazard.  Wala tayong magagawa dahil dapat tupdin natin ang ating mga tungkulin’ the mayor added.

He said their sacrifices are nothing compared to that of the health workers from private and public hospitals, both national and local.

Moreno said the city department head who got infected with COVID-19 was first categorized as a person under investigation (PUI) before he turned out to be positive for the virus. He is now in stable condition and being taken cared of.

Along this line, Moreno said the point is that ‘wala talagang sini-sino ang kalabang hindi natin nakikita,’ as he stressed once again the need to heed orders to stay home in order to better ensure one’s safety.

‘Nakaka-dalawang linggo na tayo, sagarin na natin,’Moreno appealed to residents, saying it will be more difficult if the home quarantine orders will be made longer just because some do not follow to the letter and continue to expose themselves to the coronavirus, only to bring it home to their families or housemates.