MANILA — Interior Secretary Eduardo Año is heeding the advice of doctors to "take a break" after his twin fights with COVID-19 and has assigned an officer in charge for his agency this month, his colleague said on Monday.
Año caught and recovered from COVID-19 twice last year. Even so, he "has not taken a single day of leave; always working even during Sundays, holidays and even at night," said Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.
Last week, Año underwent a regular medical check-up "as part of his post-COVID recovery plan," he said.
"As a COVID survivor, he has been advised by his doctors to slow down and take a break from stressful activities. His doctors advised him to pace himself, to get plenty of rest, to prioritize his health and to further undergo some tests," Malaya told ABS-CBN News.
"Hence, he has designated Usec Bernardo Florece to serve as Officer-in-Charge of the DILG until the end of the month."
Año was hospitalized for 11 days over his second bout with COVID-19, he said last September.
"Medyo nahirapan ako dito sa pangalawa dahil madaming symptoms at sabay-sabay," he told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo.
(I found this second bout a bit hard because there were many symptoms and they were simultaneous.)
Three other members of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet have caught COVID-19, namely Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.
- Report from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News