Sun. Sep 19th, 2021

MANILA – A high-ranking official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The said official is no other MMDA’s general manager Jojo Garcia who himself announced Saturday he is going on self-quarantine after testing positive of the disease.

 “I wish to inform everyone that I will have to work from home as I have been found positive for COVID-19,” Garcia said.

“My work puts me under a lot of risks, and this is part of it,” he added. “I embrace this challenge with full trust and faith in God that I will overcome the same with your prayers.”

MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said Garcia may have acquired the virus last March 23 as “he had been in a meeting with another attendee who tested positive for COVID-19.”

Pialago is now also under self-isolation.

At present, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country is pegged at 803 including 54 deaths and 31 recoveries. (ia/

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