KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato – Another town mayor in this province has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In a radio interview here Monday, Mayor Reuel Pip Limbungan of Tulunan town admitted having received his reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) positive test result on June 4 but said he is asymptomatic.
“I am now isolated,” Limbungan said without specifically revealing his location.
Limbungan said he could not say where he got the virus.
He added that all of the 20 people he worked with everyday came out negative from the virus based on antigen tests.
“Nonetheless, I have advised them to self-isolate and report to nearest barangay health emergency response team on their exposure to me,” Limbungan said.
He said the Tulunan Municipal Health Office has also started contact tracing for people who may have had close contact with him in the past seven days.
Limbungan earlier tested negative of the virus based on his RT-PCR results after having close contact with Alamada Mayor Jesus Sacdalan, who tested positive of the virus on May 19. Sacdalan has fully recovered from the disease.
For the next 14 days or more, Limbungan said Tulunan Vice Mayor Maureen Ann Villamor will sit as acting mayor and Councilor Jojo Ortizo as acting vice mayor.
Limbungan is the third town mayor of North Cotabato to contract the virus.
Before Sacdalan got infected, Mayor Armando Quibod of Makilala town contracted the virus on May 16 following a municipal peace and order council meeting.
Makilala Vice Mayor Ryan Tabanay, who served as acting mayor in place of Quibod, also tested positive for the disease on May 31.
Quibod is expected to report back to work Tuesday while Tabanay remains in isolation. (PNA)