The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is sending its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Department of Health (DOH) for its efforts in the face of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis.
"It is not easy to lead the agency in this crisis. Like us, when we embarked on a wide scale grassroots program they do not have a blueprint," said PSC Chairman William Ramirez.
"Ang DOH, ang mga doctors, nurses, mga pulis at militar ang mga nasa frontline. Salamat po sa sakripisyo nyo." added Ramirez.
Last Monday the 63-year-old DOH Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III, who recently needed to self isolate, entrusted the reins of the health agency to Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
"I thank Usec. Vergeire for the constant updates, reminders and guidance. Malaking tulong po ito sa lahat." said Ramirez.
DOH Usec. Vergeire led the COVID-19 virtual presser last Sunday, while encouraging everyone to give their full cooperation during this health scare so together, we can win and stop the COVID-19.
"Sa ating pagtutulungan atin pong malalabanan ang banta ng COVID-19 at mababantayan ang kaligtasan ng bawat Pilipino." said DOH Usec. Vergeire in a press conference last night.
Sec. Duque has thankfully tested negative in his latest testing and have started granting phone interviews, still working and guiding while quarantined.
Meanwhile, the PSC chief also acknowledged the efforts of soldier-national athletes who were called to service during this health crisis.
"Madami tayong atleta na enlisted and we are also monitoring how they are doing, bukod sa mga nasa pangangalaga namin dito sa PhilSports," said Ramirez.
Last March 8, President Rodrigo R. Durerte signed the Proclamation No. 922, placing the Philippines under State of Public Health emergency.
As of this writing, no member of the national team has fallen ill of the dreaded disease so far.