Citizen Reportr: This Mayor Is Also the Town's Medical Frontliner

As much as Metro Manila mayors  such as Vico Sotto and Isko Moreno are being recognized for their COVID-19 response, leaders from provinces aren't too far behind.

Mayor Marco Chavez of San Jose, Camarines Sur, who obtained his medical license a couple of years ago, is living the double life of town chief and doctor to compensate for the lack of rural health workers.

“It started when our health workers had an exposure to a COVID-19 positive patient,” he said in an interview with Manila Bulletin. “I couldn’t simply wait for help to come. I needed to act fast... Immediate solution was needed. So I spearheaded rapid testing and contact tracing procedures. I have to do this to let our frontliners know and feel that they are not alone in this fight. I am with them.”

Chavez knew he had to put on a PPE and walk the talk for his constituents. And so on June 2, the mayor-turned-frontliner confirmed  San Jose had recorded just a single case of the coronavirus after conducting more than 520 rapid tests. He then placed the barangay where the sick person lives under lockdown.


Watch Marco open up on his decision to assume two essential roles amid the pandemic:

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