Former military chief of staff Jose C. Faustino, Jr., the incoming officer-in-charge of the Department of National Defense (DND), has tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement, the DND said Faustino was first reported to have close contact with Covid-positive individual during one of his many engagements and consultations.
“Contact-tracing procedures are now being undertaken,” the statement read.
Faustino was supposed to assume the top DND post on Thursday, June 30, but the transition ceremony did not push through as a result.
The ceremony will be instead held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 1, virtually.
“Undersecretary Faustino will physically report for work after complying with the prescribed quarantine period,” the statement read.
“He is fully vaccinated and boostered, and is asymptomatic. He will temporarily perform his duties while in isolation,” it added.