4 House solons choose self-quarantine

AT least four members of the House of Representatives decided to undergo self-quarantine and help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The lawmakers made the move after they had contact with some government officials who are also now undergoing voluntary quarantine.

The four are Navotas Rep. John Rey Tiangco; Valenzuela City Rep. Eric Martinez; Iloilo Rep. Julienne Baronda and Laguna Rep. Marlene Alonte.

Meanwhile, House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales announced two more solons are on voluntary quarantine but did not mention their names.

“We are able to confirm that two members of the House of Representatives attended the NLEX Harbor Link inspection last March 5 where a person who later tested positive for COVID-19 was also present. Following protocol, they immediately went on self-quarantine, and as of today, have not exhibited any symptoms of the virus,” Montales said.

Montales said in another viber message that one employee of the House of Repesentatives tested positive for COVID-19.

Consequently, all the employees of the Printing Service of the House were required to undergo self-quarantine.

“In compliance with the protocols, we will require all personnel of the Printing Service to undergo self-quarantine. DOH will conduct contact tracing to identify all other persons, including employees of other departments who had been in contact with the staff,” Montales said.

According to Montales, the infected staffer has no history of travel to any country with confirmed cases of the virus and likewise has no known history of exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19, but the employee has been in and out of the hospital since last year for various ailments.

Regarding the solons, Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco confirmed in a text message that he and brother John Rey attended the NLEX Harbor Link C3-R10 inspection last week.

Martinez also said he attended the same inspection with Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade present. Tugade reportedly had direct contact with one patient who had tested positive for COVID-19.

For her part, Baronda said she had meetings both with Tugade and Budget and Management Secretary Wendel Avisado.

Both government secretaries are undergoing self-quarantine. Even President Rodrigo Duterte was present in the Caloocan event.

“Being a responsible leader and mother, I am subjecting myself to home quarantine even if I do not have any symptom of COVID-19 as a standard precautionary measure advised by health authorities,” Baronda said.

Like Baronda, Alonte also admitted having close contact with Tugade that is why she opted to undergo staycation at home and assure constituents that she will be in good shape.