Another OVP team leaves for Cebu COVID-19 response

Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday sent another team to help in the ongoing relief operations of her office in Cebu City.


“More members of our OVP family are bound for Cebu today to join our #BayanihanSugbuanon team, who have been running our initiatives for frontliners and communities there,” she said in a Twitter post.

“Sending these young ones off with lots of prayers for their safety. Maraming salamat, Team! Para sa bayan,” Robredo added with an emoticon of a Philippine flag.

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has taken its COVID-19 initiatives such as free shuttle service and dormitories, among others, to assist Cebu frontliners.

OVP’s relief efforts, however, took a backseat after it had to suspend operations when eight of its staff members tested positive for coronavirus in the past weeks.

“I announced last Sunday three teams will be arriving in Cebu, but they were not able to go there because we wanted to clear they weren’t infected. The results of their swab tests were negative,” she said in Filipino over dzXL.

“We have seven staff there. We added four more, so they are now 11,” Robredo noted.

Just recently, the OVP opened its eighth dormitory for health workers in Lapu-Lapu City near ARC Hospital and Mactan Doctors’ Hospital.

Robredo’s office has also started the distribution of four testing booths donated by Angat Buhay partners in Cebu hospitals and clinics to aid mass testing initiatives.