News Release
Department of Labor and Employment
September 13, 2020

“Big Brother” Bello commends Malabon’s response vs Covid-19

The local government of Malabon got the thumbs up from the team of the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) of the National Task Force against Covid 19 for its efficient approach in bringing the corona virus under control in the city.

In a visit by the CODE team led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the Oreta Sports Center Swab Testing Facility in the city, the labor chief lauded the city government, saying the successful fight to contain the virus “rests heavily on the residents who strictly observe health protocols just like the people of Malabon.”

Mayor Antolin Oreta lll said the facility of the City offers free reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for all residents of Malabon who may have been in contact with confirmed Covid-19 cases, with the ratio of 1:20 or 20 individuals contact-traced for every infected patient.

Oreta added that at least 1,000 tests are being conducted in the facility every other day, or 3,000 tests per week. While the number of active cases increase everyday, the mayor also said they are consistently expanding their isolation capacity and intensifying their strict implementation of minimum health protocols in communities and establishments.

Bello led the turn-over of 5,000 personal protective equipment (PPEs) and 4,000 face masks to the local government courtesy of the CODE Team.

Bello and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Prospero de Vera III are designated “big brothers” of the cities of Malabon and Marikina in Metro Manila, tasked to help in the response of LGUs to COVID-19 and provide the much needed support to cushion its impact on the communities.

While he expressed concern over job losses among residents, Oreta said he was grateful that Malabon has Bello as a big brother.

“Ang isang malaking problema ng Malabon ay maraming nawalan ng trabaho pero swerte tayo dahil big brother natin si Sec. Bello na nakikinig sa atin at malaking tulong sa atin,” Oreta said.

For his part, Bello vowed to support more informal workers in the city through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD), and assured repatriated OFWs from the area of the benefits from the P5B additional funds granted by President Rodrigo Duterte for displaced OFWs. -#####


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