Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and Speaker Lord Allan Velasco have partnered to work closely to control and manage the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the House of Representatives.
On Monday, she revealed that Velasco committed to provide the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) with a copy of the report on the COVID-19 cases at the House for contact tracing purposes.
To assist Congress, the city government would deploy its mobile testing unit to administer swab tests to its workers, Belmonte said.
Velasco previously instructed the team in-charge to prepare a comprehensive report on the results of the mass COVID-19 testing conducted in Congress and submit it immediately to the city government.
Before Congress resumed session in November, he initiated the COVID tests in the bigger chamber.
“We wanted to ensure the health and safety of everyone in the Batasan Complex—House members, employees, and even guests—while the legislative chamber carries out its constitutional duties in these critical times,” he said.
Belmonte thanked Velasco for his initiative and his cooperation.
The city government said Congress registered 28 COVID-19 cases.
“Contact tracing is important so we can isolate possible carriers and to protect communities,” Belmonte said.