Año returns to work after 3-month medical leave

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) — Interior Secretary Eduardo Año is back after three months of taking time off from work for health reasons, including heart surgery.

Año already got his clearance from his doctors and will work at home starting Friday before eventually going back to his normal routine, said Jonathan Malaya, spokesman of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

“After more than three months of grueling struggle, including a heart operation, the Secretary is well, in high spirits, and ready to reassume his duties in the Department as well as in the National Task Force COVID-19 and in the IATF-EID,” Malaya shared in a statement.

Año was also hospitalized in August 2020 after confirming he again tested positive for COVID-19. He took a leave of absence in January this year following the advice of doctors to rest and to further undergo tests.

He was the first Cabinet member to confirm he contracted the virus when he tested positive in March 2020.

Interior Undersecretary Bernardo Florece served as officer-in-charge of the DILG while Año was on leave.