MANILA (UPDATED) -- Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado will be on sick leave for two weeks starting Monday after contracting COVID-19.
In a message to ABS-CBN, Avisado said he will be on leave from August 2 to 13 for a medical check-up after a bout with COVID-19.
The budget chief said he was hospitalized for 10 days and quarantined for 34 days after getting infected with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
Aside from this, he said his doctors advised him to undergo a "thorough medical examination...because it’s been 14 years now since my quadruple open heart bypass operation in January 2007."
He designated Budget Undersecretary Tina Rose Canda to be Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
In a press release sent by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the DBM said its services would "remain unhampered" during Avisado's medical leave.
"Rest assured that the DBM remains steadfast and committed to its mandate of promoting the efficient and effective management of the national budget to support its budget priorities especially in the midst of the pandemic," the department said. -- report from Alvin Elchico and Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News