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Camarines Sur Mayor Marco Chavez works double-duty as a doctor

He volunteered to be a healthcare worker while doing his duties as a mayor because the rural sector has been experiencing a shortage when it comes to frontliners.

  • Camarines Sur Mayor also works as a doctor.
  • He then encouraged everyone to follow the safety measures and social distancing guidelines.

San Jose, Camarines Sur Mayor Marco Chavez has decided to work double-duty due to the shortage of healthcare workers in rural areas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview, Mayor Chavez said that some staff members at the rural health unit had to go into quarantine after one of them tested positive for the disease.

“Kailangan ko pong kumilos bilang isang doctor at tumulong kung anumang puwedeng maitulong ko,” he said on Super Radyo dzBB.

Chavez stated that as a mayor, it is a part of his duty to provide medical help to those in need, whether it is attending to patients as a doctor, or overseeing the activities of the LGU and its constituents as a Mayor.

“Yan po ang sinumpaan kong tungkulin, kaya gagampanan ko po na maproteksyonan ko po ang aming bayan.”

He has ordered a lockdown on a barangay in San Jose after two people recently tested positive for COVID-19. He also made sure to contact trace the patients’ family members and those they have interacted with.

The mayor is also looking for volunteer health workers to possibly assist them when it comes to coronavirus measures.

“Kung sino po ‘yung may natapos na po na health profession, pwede rin pong tumulong sa’min. Malaking tulong po ‘yun.”

Chavez also encouraged the public to comply with the safety protocols and social distancing guidelines.

“Thank you po sa lahat ng aking mga kababayan, ang masasabi ko lang po, sunod lang po tayo sa mga ipinaguutos ng ating gobyerono social distancing ang pagsuot ng face mask, ang paghugas ng kamay.”

The Irish Prime Minister also did the same thing as he had put his then seven-year medical career on hold to go into politics. Leo Varadkar reregistered as a medical practitioner with Ireland’s Health Service Executive in March for his one shift a week’s work schedule.

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