The BBM-Sara UniTeam headquarters in Mandaluyong City will remain closed for another week to ensure everyone’s safety and protection, after some volunteers and staff tested positive of COVID-19.
Initially, more than 30 HQ staff members and volunteers tested positive in last Monday’s antigen testing which prompted former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. to order the lockdown of the building.
On Friday, a comprehensive RT-PCR test was conducted resulting in the discovery of at least 68 staff being confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus.
A bulletin was immediately issued and all employees were sent home, except for a skeletal force who were tasked in the preparations and additional distribution of relief goods for typhoon ‘Odette’ victims.
“This (distribution of relief goods) cannot stop because the typhoon victims needed it badly and we have to keep our promise to help them get back on their feet,” former Davao congressman and UniTeam’s political officer Anton Lagdameo said, in a statement.
Among those who were infected with COVID-19 virus was chief of staff and spokesman lawyer Vic Rodriguez, with whom Marcos was exposed to, and several close-in security personnel.
Lagdameo said “Bongbong was saddened by the unwelcome developments, but advised everyone to stay focused and let not their spirits be dampened because right now our major concern is still our fellowmen who were affected by typhoon Odette and by the new surge of coronavirus.
In his Facebook page, Bohol Rep. Aris Aumentado (2nd District) said the generator set and satellite dish given by the UniTeam was a big help to the people of Talibon as they could now communicate and seek help from their relatives and friends through their internet and Wi-Fi connections.
“That satellite dish has already been provided for Talibon by BBM-Sara UniTeam, for the internet and wifi to function in LGU-Talibon and is a big help for the town to communicate with the National Government,” Aumentado said in Bisaya.
Tagbilaran City Mayor Baba Yap, in his FB post, also thanked the BBM- Sara UniTeam for the aid they sent, especially for the additional generator set for their city.
Liloan, Cebu Rep. Duke Frasco (5th District) in his FB page also thanked the BBM- Sara tandem as the donated satellite dish and two generator sets have been a great help for his constituents to shed light on their ‘dark’ Christmas.
Liloan Mayor Christina Garcia Frasco has expressed that the free wi-fi in their municipality is from the BBM-Sara UniTeam.
Meanwhile, Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap also acknowledged receipt of a set of satellite dishes and an 8kw gasoline generator from the BBM-Sara Team, which were immediately sent to Talibon Municipal Hospital.
Another 5kw (6Kva) diesel generator set were akso sent to Liloan, Southern Leyte; a satellite dish and two 8kw gasoline generator set were sent to Cong. Bingo Matugas of Surigao del Norte, while a 5kw (6Kva) diesel generator set were given to Surigao del Norte Gov. Francisco Matugas that he immediately sent to Siargao.
Marcos said the people of Visayas and Mindanao should be thankful to the volunteers and donors who immediately responded to their calls to deliver aid to the victims of typhoon Odette.